Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, CA
Embarcadero at Beach Street • San Francisco, CA 94133
From adorable river otters to green moray eels, explore the marine life below San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay. Dive deep into the bay (without the diving, of course) to see over 20,000 aquatic animal species including octopuses, jellyfish, and sharks. Get up close and personal with several types of sea animals at the touch pools. And more…
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Generally walking through at an average pace, seeing all exhibits, it takes about 90 minutes. Scheduled presentations can extend 10-20 minutes.
Aquarium of the Bay does not have a parking lot, but public parking and paid metered street parking is available. Parking facilities are available at Pier 35 or across from the aquarium's main entrance at the PIER 39 Garage (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Aquarium of the Bay does not validate parking, but many PIER 39 restaurants do.
Aquarium of the Bay is located on the iconic waterfront at PIER 39. Utilizing public transportation is highly recommended. If you are using your own transportation, driving directions to the Aquarium from various destinations are listed below for your convenience: (1) Oakland/East Bay via Bay Bridge – TOLL ROAD: I-80 West, take Exit 2B Harrison St/Embarcadero, Right turn onto Harrison, Left onto Embarcadero (2) Marin/North Bay via Golden Gate Bridge – TOLL ROAD: HWY 101 South, Exit Marina Blvd/Girard Rd, left onto Girard Rd/Marina Blvd, Left onto Bay Street, Left onto Mason Street, Right onto North Point, Left onto Grant Avenue (3) San Jose/South Bay/Peninsula: EITHER VIA 101 North, Exit Fourth Street, Merge onto Bryant Street, Left onto Embarcadero OR VIA 280 North, Exit King Street/Embarcadero (4) VIA BART or MUNI: Get off train at Embarcadero Station, go to ground level exiting tunnel toward Drumm Street or Spear Street @ street level. Walk to Market Street & Main Street and transfer to the MUNI F-Market Street Car.
Aquarium of the Bay hosts several daily programs for guests, including Shark Station, Sharks of Alcatraz, Meet Our Otters, California touch pools, and many “up close and personal” opportunities with several animals.
Closed lid drinks are allowed, food is not allowed.
Unfortunately, animals are not allowed on PIER 39, with the exception of Service Animals.
The Aquarium is mostly accessible. Behind the Scenes and Feed the Sharks Experiences: Accommodations can be made for standard-size wheelchairs. (Must check with Aquarium Operations prior to arrival by calling the number on your e-ticket.) The Aquarium has wheelchairs to use during your visit on a first come first serve basis, photo ID is held during the use of the wheelchair.