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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Gain admission to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, located at Pier 39 between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Alcatraz ferry landing. A general admission ticket provides direct access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas, which house more than 20,000 sea creatures. Learn what is typically found in San Francisco Bay and the nearby Pacific, including sharks, river otters, and even octopuses. The aquarium features interactive exhibits, as well as walk-through glass tunnels where schools of anchovies and fluorescent jellyfish swim overhead and around you.
  • General admission to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco
  • Learn about the marine life of San Francisco Bay and its surrounding waters
  • See sharks, jellyfish, and an octopus as you explore 300 feet of glass tunnels
  • Admire colorful fish like orange garibaldi and green eels
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Located at San Francisco’s ever-popular Pier 39 along the Embarcadero, the Aquarium of the Bay offers an educational look at local sea life.

A general admission ticket gives access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas, all of which focus on the marine life of San Francisco Bay and nearby waters. Together, the exhibits are home to more than 20,000 sea creatures. Stay all day if you wish. The aquarium is yours to explore at your own pace.

Discover the Bay Exhibit: Ever wonder why anchovies swim in schools, or what life is like for a newly hatched skate in San Francisco Bay? Learn answers to questions like these in the Discover the Bay exhibit area, which is also where you find some of the bay’s brightest sea creatures, including green moray eels and California’s state marine fish, the orange garibaldi.

Under the Bay Exhibit: Thousands of marine animals, including octopuses, swim above and around you as you meander along a 300-foot (90-meter) tunnel system of clear glass. See moon jellies and Pacific sea nettles, giant sea bass and colorful starfish, and deepwater fish such as leopard and soupfin sharks.
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When you arrive at Aquarium of the Bay, located on San Francisco’s bustling Embarcadero (also home to other attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, the Pier 39 sea lions, Boudin Bakery and the ferries to Alcatraz Island), head inside with your general admission ticket and begin your self-guided exploration of the aquarium. Your admission allows you to visit the aquarium’s main exhibit areas. With a focus on the marine life of San Francisco Bay and its surrounding bodies of water, the Aquarium of the Bay is home to 20,000-plus animals that live in 700,000 gallons (2.6 million liters) of carefully maintained bay water. Stay at the aquarium as long as you like to learn about sea creatures like jellyfish, octopus, and sharks. Discover the Bay exhibit: See orange garibaldi, green moray eels, colorful rockfish, and other wildlife native to the San Francisco Bay. Learn about how anchovies stick together and avoid predators, and find out how the bay acts as a breeding ground for perch and many other fish. Under the Bay exhibit: Walk through a 300-foot (90-meter) tunnel system of clear glass for a look at the fascinating fish and other sea life in the bay and nearby Pacific waters. See mesmerizing jellyfish, a giant Pacific octopus, graceful rays, sturgeon, and multiple local shark species like sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, soupfin sharks, and spiny dogfish.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Free admission for children ages 3 and under
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible
  • The aquarium is open every day except Christmas Day
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Aquarium of the Bay

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket.

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star-3
Feels rushed and short :(
Daniel_E
, Jun 2021
I love this aquarium, but it’s put together in a way that makes you feel rushed. The spaces are small and there’s always people behind you trying to get past you through narrow places, so you feel almost pushed, then suddenly you’ve reached the end :(
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Visit to Bay aquarium in San Francisco
Natasha_O
, Jun 2021
All the attractions were not open. Very short visit for the price. Just an o.k. experience. I will wait till covid is over to visit again.
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star-3
Ok
Christina_G
, Jun 2021
It was great but buying the tickets was a problem. I spent 3 hours on the phone just to add a child . It was very frustrating that the number they referred me to was never answered. I think what would make it right is a discount on a future adventure of my choice. Thanks
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Disappointment
Tyler_L
, Jun 2021
Lack of aquarium activity for the amount of money spent. Need take some pointers from. The aquarium in Gatlinburg TN or Chattanooga TN. Those two aquariums are around same price but well worth the money. Your add said 2 hrs trip more like 20mins very sad, more like a petting zoo but for an aquarium.
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Not worth the wait or price. Save yourself a day of distress. Go do something else fun with your kids.
Melo
, Jun 2021
We prepaid from home. Waited inna nearly 2 hour line. The aquarium was very very small. Not a lot of animals. Walked thru in less than 30 min. No social distancing. The gift shop was nearly empty. The experience really upset my son. I can not recommend.
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star-5
Fun with h friends and family.
Jane_K
, Jun 2021
We loved the jellies and the otters. I love the beauty of the ethereal nature of the jellies. It’s so much fun to watch the otters play.
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Wish I wouldn’t have
Nora-y
, Jun 2021
The stairs were brutal. U felt rushed thru. Only half of the tour was accessible but at full price. Just underwhelming.
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star-3
Satisfaction
Francisco_G
, Jun 2021
Walking through the tunnels was really interesting , seeing all the sea life swimming around was cool.
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star-5
Great time
Emiliana_G
, Jun 2021
The tunnel with all the fish and shark was my favorite part of the aquarium, it gave us a good feeling when we were there.
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star-5
Fantastic
Bizmark_K
, May 2021
Had fun with my family esp my one year old baby . COVID Protocols were were followed by every one in there
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