Unique Waterfront Event Space at the Aquarium of the Bay

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Unique Waterfront Event Space at the Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay provides a unique and unforgettable venue for cocktail receptions, mixers, product launches, presentations and meetings. Whether it is a fun-filled team-building event, a board meeting, or a product launch, the Aquarium's event staff can help you plan the event of your dreams.

Featuring 50,000 square feet of building space, the Aquarium of the Bay offers panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and the city skyline. Conveniently located at PIER 39 and historic Fisherman's Wharf, it is easily accessible from many area hotels and public transportation.

Event space can include special elements such as 300 feet of crystal-clear tunnels through which to view some of the 30,000-plus aquatic animals from the Bay. Naturalist-led tours and optional event services and equipment are also available. Specific event space includes:


Full Aquarium events are available, where up to 350 guests can share a cocktail with the sharks as they explore crystal clear tunnels filled with over 20,000 marine animals. Capacity: 60 people for a seated buffet, 60 people for a stand-up cocktail.

The Aquarium's tunnels are a striking feature for events

Discover the Bay

The Discover the Bay gallery is an introduction to San Francisco Bay and the animals that live within it. Guests will have access to the gallery proper, main entrance, restrooms and glass canopy, with views of the marina and San Francisco Bay. Capacity: 60 people for a seated dinner, 80 people for a stand-up cocktail.

Touch the Bay/North American River Otter Galleries

Give your guests the opportunity to touch sharks, rays, skates and sea stars. Guests also get up close and personal with land-dwelling animals ranging from Blue-Tongued Skinks to Chinchillas in the Bay Lab. Explore the newest gallery, North American River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors! Capacity: 40 people seated buffet, 75 people stand-up cocktail.

Discover the Bay/Touch the Bay/North American River Otter Galleries

Enjoy cocktails while strolling the top level of the Aquarium.  Guests will have access to Discover the Bay, featuring eight habitats holding over 1,000 aquatic animals; Touch the Bay, where guests have the opportunity to touch some of the animals; and the new North American River Otter gallery, featuring our watershed ambassadors. Capacity: 75 people seated buffet, 200 people stand-up cocktail.

Farallon Room

Enjoy the Aquarium's new event space, the Farallon Room. This 863-square-foot room is situated near the North American River Otter Gallery, and features spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. Capacity: 50 people seated buffet, 75 people stand-up cocktail.

For more information on staging an unforgettable event in San Francisco, including floor plans and sample event itineraries, and to submit an inquiry, please visit the Aquarium of the Bay's private event page online.