Quick Tips

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Pacific Tree Frog
Quick tips for your Aquarium exploration:
  • Talk with our Interpretive Naturalists: they are walking, talking guidebooks to the diverse animals and habitats of San Francisco Bay and its watershed
  • Arrive early - or late: when the Aquarium first opens and the late afternoon, typically the last hour or two of our operating hours, are the best times to visit.
  • Stop, look and be amazed: with more than 20,000 aquatic animals in our exhibits - particulary in our two, crystal clear tunnels -  things are literally always in motion.  Which animals are swimming overhead?  Which are buried in the sand?  Can you find the octopus? 
  • Make a day of it: your Aquarium ticket provides return privileges throughout the day.  Visit the Aquarium in the morning, leave for a stroll along the Embarcadero, San Francisco’s “Walkable Waterfront,” return to see what a bat ray or shark eats for lunch and so on.
  • Become an Aquarium VIP by adding a Behind the Scenes tour to your visit.  Offered daily, the tour takes you above our 700,000 gallon exhibit tunnels, and introduces you to animals not currently on exhibit.
  • Bring your camera: with the exception the Giant Pacific Octopus, flash photography is allowed for animals in all of the Aquarium’s exhibits.