Exploration Tours

Exploration Tours integrate a guided tour of the Aquarium exhibits with hands-on activities and scientific practices.

Program Length: 1 hour guided tour with additional time for self-guided exploration
Days Offered: Monday - Thursday
Times Offered: 10:15 am and 11:15 am
Number of Participants: Limit of 35 students per Exploration Tour – except the High School Behind the Scenes Tour which has a limit of 10 participants (students and chaperones) per tour. Minimum chaperone to student ratio of one chaperone to five students.

Exploration Tour Options


Bay Explorers: Using the five senses, explore our very own San Francisco Bay and the amazing animals that live in it.

Early Elementary (1st – 3rd grade):

Have to Have a Habitat: Students explore the wide variety of animals that live in the San Francisco Bay and how they are each specially adapted to their particular habitat.

Shark Sleuths: What types of sharks live right here in San Francisco Bay, and what role do they play in the ecosystem? Answer these questions and more!

Upper Elementary (3rd – 5th grade):

Top of the Food Chain: What does it take to make it to the top of the food chain? Discover the answer to this question and more as we explore the world of top predators.

Middle School (6th – 8th grade):

Saving the Bay: The San Francisco Bay is one of the most amazing ecosystems on the planet and it is also one of the most threatened. Explore the complex ecological issues affecting the San Francisco Bay and its watershed.

High School (9th- 12th grade):

Behind the Scenes: Have you ever wondered what it takes to run an aquarium? While going behind the scenes, learn what our biologists do every day to take care of our animals.