Pier 39, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.808535 -122.409824
Daily 9am-8pm until Sept 4
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Fisherman's Wharf, Fisherman's Wharf (North Waterfront)
Not worth standalone visit-o.k. if you have a "Citypass" booklet – Some cool displays, but very small, don't waste your time making this a day trip.If you have a Citypass, and are already at Pier 39 or wharf area, check it out, for a little break. It was quite busy inside, but nice if you don't pay full price. Good for kids if you have them, and you get to pet some animals (sea stars, sea urchins, leopard sharks, etc).
Tunnel tanks make this small aquatic zoo a worthwhile adventure. – The Background
This underwater playground allows tourists and shoppers of Fisherman's Wharf to come face-to-face with the indigenous marine life of San Francisco Bay and beyond. While it may not enjoy the reputation of its famous Monterey counterpart, Aquarium of the Bay's 700,000-gallon main tank hosts a wide variety of sea creatures including leopard sharks, bat rays and a giant Pacific octopus. Children will particularly enjoy the Touch the Bay exhibit, where they can put their hands on some of the above mentioned creatures.
The star attraction of this aquarium is its two separate 150-foot-long glass tunnels, which allow sea gazers to walk through the tank and mingle with the fish. A moving walkway keeps the throngs of people slowly shuffling through the tubes and aquarium employees are on-hand to answer questions and point out interesting facts.
Excellent attraction – We visited the aquarium whilst on a coach tour of the Western states in October 2001. Travelling from Britain we were disappointed when it rained on our free day in San Francisco, but our disappointment didn't last long once we entered this fabulous attraction. The sea life is amazing, well shown and the staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. It's fantastic walking through the underwater tunnel seeing sharks and rays swimming around you, there is relaxing music and afterwards you can touch some of the sealife. I hope I get a chance to go back.
Cool fish – It's a rather small aquarium but what they have is very very cool. The two tunnel tanks are amazing -- you see some small and midsized sharks, schools of sardines, and the plexiglass is so clear and clean that you really feel you're in the water with them. The touch tanks are a big plus. I was grinning from start to finish. There is a lot of staff and they are very friendly and professional. Upkeep is good. It's a little expensive for the admission price, but I hear they are not making money and considering everything that went into the place it's a decent value.
Hidden treasure – Beautiful Aquarium! The tunnels were fantastic with a diversity of marine life that I just couldn't image when we walked in. It was worth every penny
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