How to get discounts & What to see and do at Aquarium of the Bay
About The Aquarium
Aquarium of the Bay is the best waterfront in San Francisco. Here there are live exhibits about the world of sea life. The shows give the visitors an opportunity to explore and enjoy the thrill of the marine life of San Francisco. Being a part of the bay.org means sharing the mission of protecting, restoring and inspiring conservation of the marine wildlife in the sea.
Water is at a depth of this aquarium as the center holds nearly 300 feet of acrylic tunnels. These tunnels are found suspended with 700,000 gallons of Bay water that support the lives of up to 20,000 marine animals. The animals vary from 8-footsevengill sharks, extending to octopuses and jellies, not forgetting many other sea creatures worth exploring.
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The Aquarium is majorly divided into three habitat areas: Discover the Bay, Under the Bay and Touch the Bay.
1. Discover the Bay
First stop in the Aquarium of the Bay is the “Discover the Bay”habitat section. It features the different ecosystems which support various species of sea life. This section holds different seven habitats of animals comprising of up to a 1000 aquatic animals. The major attractions in this exhibit are as follows:
- Beauties of the Bay: Has the most colorful aquatic animals of San Francisco just like the Orange Garibaldi also named as California State Marine Fish , Green Moray Eels . Seeing to it that everyone likes colors, this is a place worth visiting while at the Aquarium.
- Swirling school of anchovies: Most you have probably seen it in movies like Finding Nemo, or even Finding Dory; where they show how lovely the school of fishes looks under the sea. However, having an actual visit, to the “Swirling school of anchovies,” will allow you see it with your own eyes; the moving school of anchovies.
- Bay babies: It is always fun to watch a fingerling swim or a newly born creature learning to walk. In this exhibit, you get to see fingerlings of a Juvenile perch, Skates or other species of fish enjoy their first swim.
2. Under the Bay
This habitat section will allow you get the experience of being under the water and exploring the sea life. There are two tunnels; one holds the variety of aquatic animals, and the other gives a deeper view of the sea.
- Jellies: You will find the jellies in the center “Under the Bay” area. In efforts to enhance the experience of visitors, the lighting is excellently placed to ensure you get the feel of the sea waters. Moon Jellies are found displayed in a 725-gallon cylinder tank, and a wall-mounted, 740-gallon tank holds the Pacific Sea Nettles.
- Near Shore: Here you shall find a range of swirling schools of anchovies, a bright orange Garibaldi and a rainbow of Rockfish. But the best attraction is the Giant Pacific Octopuses. Because of the depth and width of this tunnel, you might be able to see some of the sea animals breeding as these bays provide an environment to many of the species for nursing.
- Deep Water: The best bit comes in the end. Love sharks then this are for you. You could closely see Sturgeons, Leopard sharks, Soupfin sharks and Sevengill in this exhibit.
3 Touch the Bay
Ever wondered the feeling you get if you could touch the sea animals? Then wonder no more, with the help of an interactive PG&E Bay Lab you can feel the animals with your fingertips. This exhibit includes the following sections:
- Touchpools: Sharks, Juvenile Bat Rays, anemones, Big Skates,Sea stars and some more are ready to give an appearance to their visitors, and you can touch them.
- San Francisco Bay Estuaries Exhibit: This exhibit focuses on providing the experience of marsh and mudflats which are diminishing in the environment. Hence in the process of conservation, they have built two exhibits where one can touch a leopard shark jaw, oyster fossil, and other artifacts.
- Bay Lab: As the name suggests, it is a lab where most of the experiments and studies about the life in water are carried and displayed for public to view and understand their ecosystem.
Aquarium of the Bay Discount Tickets- 4 Ways to save
In this section, we will provide information about the best ways to save money on tickets to Aquarium of the Bay. Follow the links to find out more and to get discount tickets
1. Membership Discounts
There are roughly four different options for membership. They range from $80 for an individual to Family Plus membership of $150 for a family. The best thing about this is that when you buy a membership, you can take a guest along with you for free. So, if you plan to visit this place more than once then, membership gives you a discount.
2. San Francisco CityPASS
If you are a tourist in San Francisco, with this discount pass you will Get 42% off on the four exclusive San Francisco attractions which include: Aquarium of The Bay, Blue& Gold Fleet Bay cruise, Exploratorium or San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and unlimited rides on Muni cable cars, street cams and buses for 3 consecutive days. You have nine days to see them all.
3. Military Discount
The aquarium is proud to honor the men and women of the Military.
You can purchase discount tickets from the following facilities: Beale Air Force Base, Travis Air force Base.
This discount is available to active duty and veterans.
4. Locals Discount
If you live in one of the 9 counties of the San Francisco Bay Area, you qualify for the discount.
The following rates are available for locals:
$24 for Adults|$15 for Children| $20 for seniors.
Discount will apply to all family members
You have to show your drivers license or other ID when you go.
Need To Know
PIER39, The Embarcadero and Beach Street San Francisco, CA 94133
Click here for directions
Summer: May 29-Sept 6 — open daily 10am-6pm
winter: Nov 22-Dec24 —10am-3pm
December 25 closed
You can park at Pier 35 or across from the main entrance at the Pier 39 garage.