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, through our labarotory 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.
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