About Aquarium of the Bay
Discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life at Aquarium of the Bay. Located on the historic San Francisco waterfront at PIER 39, the Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 marine animals including sleek sharks and rays, secretive octopus, hypnotic jellyfish, sparkling anchovies, frolicking river otters, and many more.
A variety of San Francisco Bay living habitats house the diverse animal collection, including walk-through tunnel exhibits, and transparent touchpools. Nature enthusiasts have the opportunity to learn about the most important environmental challenges of the day like climate change, plastic pollution in the oceans, and habitat loss.
Aquarium of the Bay has something unique and exciting to offer for everyone. Whether you are looking for things to do in San Francisco, virtual science lessons about conservation and marine life, volunteer opportunities, or adventure traveling through our ExoXpeditions program, we are happy to invite you to take part all facets of what we do. Aquarium tickets are affordable and one of the most unique experiences in San Francisco.
The Aquarium is a Smithsonian Affiliate, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco.
Smithsonian affiliated Aquarium of the Bay (non-profit 501-c3) inspires climate resilience and ocean conservation, through environmental stewardship to Protect and Preserve eco-biodiversity from Sierra to the Sea™.