Discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life​!

Discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life

Home to over 24,000 animals from 225 different species, Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 in San Francisco is the only Smithsonian Affiliated Aquarium in California. The Aquarium offers an important lens into the marine and terrestrial biodiversity of the San Francisco Bay & California coast.

“The Aquarium of the Bay is a must-do while visiting San Francisco. It was one of my favorite things from our visit. The convenient location on Pier 39 makes the aquarium the perfect 1.5-ish hour activity to income into your afternoon exploring the Pier.

I was unable to find any discounts, but I think the price tag of $30 all said and done was worth it. I appreciate knowing the cost contributes to protecting marine wildlife in the Bay area. The aquarium has a lot of things to see, but the river otters and the beautiful aquarium walk-through tunnels are easily the highlights. I have been to other aquariums, and although they may be bigger, the walk-through tunnels are unique and beautiful.

The staff was very friendly and helpful, and I really enjoyed my visit to the aquarium. The information provided while touring is very cool and educates visitors on species, protection efforts, the history of the Bay Area, and the dangers marine wildlife face. The photos peak for themselves.”

-Emily S., Milwaukee, WI


- San Francisco Green Business
- Association of Zoos & Aquariums Accreditation
- Smithsonian Affiliate
- 2020 California Travel Association Sustainability Advocacy Award
- 2018 California Association of Museums Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Sustainability
Adult (13-64)


Child (4-12)


Children (3 and under)


Senior (65+)


Family of 4 Bundle (2 adult + 2 children tickets)


Use code FAM4 at checkout

What's Included

  • 24,000+ marine & terrestrial animals from 225 different species

  • Animal highlights include river otters, baby bat rays & sharks, adult leopard & sevengill sharks, giant sea bass, red octopuses, wolf eels, pacific spiny lumpsuckers, garibaldi, blue & yellow tangs, clownfish, sea jellies, sheephead, and over 20 species of rock fish

  • Photo packages available

  • 2 gift shops

Our Long-Standing Staff

Meet Our Team of Experts

George Jacob

President / CEO

Melissa Schouest

Director of the Animal Care Department

Paul Nakamoto

Vice President of Guest Experiences

Hunter Coughlin

Multimedia & Promotions Manager



Address: PIER 39 The Embarcadero &, Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Phone: 415.623.5300
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