Aquarium of the Bay

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Aquarium of the Bay: General Admission Tickets

1. Aquarium of the Bay: General Admission Tickets

Explore the beauty and wonder of San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay with this entrance ticket, giving you access to the 3 main exhibit halls. Discover the amazingly diverse marine life that lives beneath the surface of San Francisco Bay and its surrounding waters. Explore the “Discover the Bay” exhibit, highlighting the unique ecosystem that provides a home to a diverse selection of marine life. The exhibits feature more than 20,000 aquatic animals. Learn all about this delicate underwater habitat and the need for its conservation. Then, experience the magic of the habitat at “Touch the Bay,” complete with tide pools where you can touch the creatures that patrol San Francisco Bay’s waters. No trip to Aquarium of the Bay would be complete without a visit to the North American River Otter Gallery, where frisky river otters romp, swim, sleep and play. Get a scuba diver’s view of San Francisco Bay at the Aquarium of the Bay’s most iconic exhibit, “Under the Bay.” As you walk through the tunnels, you’ll see fascinating jellyfish, watch schools of fish that swim near the shore, see delicate starfish, and view larger fish, such as sharks, rays, and sturgeons, which live in the deeper waters of San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco: Go City All-Inclusive Pass 25+ Attractions

2. San Francisco: Go City All-Inclusive Pass 25+ Attractions

The San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass is an all-access attraction pass that offers the ultimate in convenience, cost savings, and flexibility for visitors to the Bay Area. Customers choose 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day passes at a low, pre-paid price. Use the pass to gain access to any and all of the 28 included attractions, saving up to 60% compared to full retail admissions. The California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, Exploratorium, Bay cruises, Six Flags, bike rental and tours, and much more are all included! See below for the complete list. There’s no need to decide in advance what you want to see. The free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. With the San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass, you’ll spend your time in the Bay Area collecting memories instead of credit card receipts. Included Attractions and Activities: • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco: 1-day classic tour • California Academy of Sciences • Madame Tussauds San Francisco • Legoland Discovery Center • Aquarium of the Bay • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour • Escape from the Rock - Cruise around Alcatraz • Exploratorium • One All-Day Comfort Bike Rental by Blazing Saddles • San Francisco Zoo and Gardens • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) • Oracle Park Tour • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom • USS Pampanito • de Young Museum and Legion of Honor • The Walt Disney Family Museum • K1 Speed Indoor Karting • GoCar San Francisco Tour (30-minute rental) • Angel Island Roundtrip Ferry • Asian Art Museum • U.S.S. HORNET Museum • The Contemporary Jewish Museum • California Historical Society • Urban Hike Tour • The Beat Museum • Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour ends in Sausalito

San Francisco: Go City Explorer Pass with 2-5 Attractions

3. San Francisco: Go City Explorer Pass with 2-5 Attractions

Explore San Francisco at your own pace and according to your interests with an easy-to-use sightseeing pass. Select 2, 3, 4, or 5 must-see, must-do attractions and tours from a comprehensive choice of over 25 things to do in San Francisco. Save time and money as you don't have to buy separate attraction tickets. Ride the hop-on-hop-off Big Bus tour and get to know the city, enjoy a San Francisco bay cruise, visit informative museums, rent a Go Car for an hour, experience the thrills of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and much more. Tours and cruises: • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco: 1-day Classic Tour • San Francisco Bay Cruise • Escape from the Rock - Cruise around Alcatraz • All-Day Comfort Bike Rental by Blazing Saddles • Go Car Tours San Francisco 1-Hour • Scenic Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour • 1 Day MUNI Pass • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour • Tiled Steps Urban Hiking Tour • San Francisco All-Day Bike Rentals at Golden Gate Park Museums and places of interest: • California Academy of Sciences • Aquarium of the Bay • Exploratorium • Madame Tussauds • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom • San Francisco Zoo & Gardens • The Flyer - San Francisco's Flying Theater • The Walt Disney Family Museum • California's Great America • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) • de Young Museum and Legion of Honor • Legoland Discovery Center • USS Pampanito • Asian Art Museum • USS Hornet Museum • The Contemporary Jewish Museum Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

San Francisco CityPASS®: Save 45% at 4 Top Attractions

4. San Francisco CityPASS®: Save 45% at 4 Top Attractions

With so much to see and do in San Francisco, it is often difficult to know where to begin with your sightseeing schedule. Avoid the hassle with the San Francisco CityPASS, featuring top attractions priced at 44% less than the same tickets purchased separately. San Francisco CityPASS provides admission into: 1. California Academy of SciencesClimb into the canopy of a butterfly-filled four-story rainforest. Come face-to-face with a colony of penguins, then explore the outer limits of the universe in a 75-foot planetarium. Decompress in front of the deepest indoor coral reef on Earth. At the Academy, you’ll get to experience nearly 40,000 of the world’s most beautiful, unusual creatures — from the heart of Golden Gate Park. 2. Blue & Gold Fleet San Francisco Bay CruiseComplete your visit to San Francisco with Blue & Gold Fleet’s 1-hour bay cruise adventure. Sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and past Angel Island on this fully-narrated tour offering breathtaking views. Plus, get admission to your choice of 2 more of the following attractions: Aquarium of the BayMeet local inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding watersheds at Aquarium of the Bay, located at Pier 39 next to Fisherman’s Wharf. Experience the closest thing to being underwater when you walk through glass tunnels with close-up views of sharks, bat rays, Spiny Lumpsuckers, and Garibaldis. The Walt Disney Family MuseumVisit the Walt Disney Family Museum in the scenic San Francisco Presidio. Find animation, innovation, and inspiration through interactive galleries featuring films, music, artifacts, and a spectacular model of Disneyland. Explore Walt’s remarkable life story, told through his own voice, family photographs, and personal collections. Exploratorium Embrace the wild wonder at the intersection of science and art at the Exploratorium, the most experimental museum in the world. Tinker and play with more than 650 interactive exhibits and immerse yourself in San Francisco’s independent, innovative culture. San Francisco Zoo & GardensSan Francisco Zoo & Gardens is home to more than 2000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals on 100 acres of majestic and peaceful gardens nestled against the Pacific Ocean. In addition to many animals, the zoo offers entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including the historic steam train, carousel, and uniquely themed play zone area that will ignite the imagination of children of all ages.

San Francisco: 5-Hour California's Redwoods & Aquarium

5. San Francisco: 5-Hour California's Redwoods & Aquarium

Experience California's coastal redwood forest during your trip to Muir Woods National Monument. Then, take a drive through the quaint seaside village of Sausalito. At your leisure, visit the Aquarium of the Bay and marvel at the marine life larking below the San Francisco Bay waters. This 5-hour tour offers three convenient departure times to best suit your schedule. Venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees, also known as Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy solitude and peace, through the cool, moist air, as you stroll through 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. Experience the awe and wonder as you are treated through Northern California’s signature fog, while you wander in and out of the Mother Nature’s redwood alleyways. The canopy of coastal redwoods soaring above will stimulate all of your senses as you journey through a piece of ancient California history. You will never forget the crisp, fresh redwood fragrance that will surround you on your journey to the majestic Muir Woods National Monument. Entrance fee into Muir Woods is included in the tour. Lastly, enjoy a scenic drive through the quaint seaside town of Sausalito – a Mediterranean-like village harbored across the San Francisco Bay, famous for its sweeping views, timeless sophistication, local boutiques and cafes. (As an option — Extend your time and add on the ferry return.) Following your visit to California's famous coastal redwoods, enjoy a visit to the Aquarium of the Bay to experience the local marine life beneath San Francisco.  The Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 focuses on restoring the local habitat of San Francisco and her marine life. Experience the awe and wonder of the Aquarium's jellies habitat, featuring Moon Jellies and Pacific Sea Nettles. Continuing on, in the crystal aqua tunnel, you'll see a dynamic near shore habitat that includes swirling schools of Anchovies, giant Sea Bass and colorful Sea Stars. Explore the deeper waters of San Francisco Bay in the second crystal clear tunnel habitat. This trip will surely give you the best experience of San Francisco Bay's wildlife and marine culture. (The visit to the aquarium can be enjoyed at your own leisure throughout the day, open ticket). 

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What people are saying about Aquarium of the Bay

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 293 reviews

Use for 3 activities, but we wished we had taken 5. Definitely take if you want more than one activity, it's much cheaper. We took a cruise under the Golden Gate, big bus to do absolutely we learn a lot about the city and a good way to go on the Golden Gate! And the third was the scientific museum of natural history.

Best bang for your buck! If you’re planning to be here a few days and want to see the most while paying less this is what you need! Super easy to use. I would recommend getting on the hop on hop off bus to reach the attractions that are not close to the pier. And google the attractions hours of operation to plan better.

Well worth the ticket price we used it for a number of activities

Went there with our 1 1/2 year old, it was a blast!

Great Deal for seeing the sights in San Francisco.