Located on San Francisco’s iconic waterfront, Aquarium of the Bay provides unforgettable encounters with local marine life that inspire both wonder and conservation. The Aquarium is a division of bay.org, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to protect, restore and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed. The marine nature center boasts 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained Bay water that sustains approximately 20,000 animals who live in the Bay and nearby waters, like bat rays, giant sea bass, and even sevengill sharks. Guests are treated to mesmerizing walls of jellies, can have up-close-and-personal encounters with leopard sharks, bat rays, skates, and a variety of tidepool animals, and delight in the antics of the Aquarium’s playful river otters. Hosting almost seven million guests over a nearly 20-year history, the Aquarium nurtures transformative, emotional connections that inspire conservation advocacy.
- Meet the Lumpsuckers
They're balloon-shaped, lumpy, have suckers for fins, and are the newest arrivals to the Aquarium of the Bay. Come see the Pacific Spiny lumpsuckers and learn how these strange but cute creatures use their suckers and spiny outgrowths to their advantage.
- Augmented Reality at the Aquarium
Get up close and personal with new augmented reality and virtual reality experiences at the Aquarium. Simulate a free-dive into the ocean depths, or "touch" whales, polar bears, or penguins and more.
- Science Bites at the Aquarium
Peek under the waves at Aquarium of the Bay on PIER 39 and see into completely different ecosystems. Through on-going - and playful - Science Bites programs, naturalists give a glimpse of the importance of ocean predators.
- Go Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium
Take advantage of a unique opportunity to explore the magic, beauty, and wonder of San Francisco Bay while getting a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes. Traverse the catwalks above the tanks, learn about dive operations, and find out how the Aquarium cares for more than 20,000 marine animals and gain a special perspective on the mission to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay.