San Francisco

Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket

San Francisco, USA
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket


Guarantee your entry to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco to make visiting simple. A general admission ticket provides direct access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas. Learn what is typically found in San Francisco Bay and the nearby Pacific, including sharks, river otters, and octopuses. The aquarium features interactive exhibits, as well as walk-through glass tunnels where schools of anchovies and fluorescent jellyfish swim overhead and around you.
  • General admission to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco
  • Learn about the marine life of San Francisco Bay
  • See sharks, jellyfish, and more as you explore
  • Have the freedom to explore independently, at your own pace

What's Included

  • Admission to the Aquarium of the Bay
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting and Pickup

Start time

11:00 AM

What To Expect

Located at San Francisco’s ever-popular Pier 39 along the Embarcadero, the Aquarium of the Bay offers an educational look at local sea life.

A general admission ticket gives access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas, all of which focus on the marine life of San Francisco Bay and nearby waters. Together, the exhibits are home to more than 20,000 sea creatures. Stay all day if you wish. The aquarium is yours to explore at your own pace.

Discover the Bay Exhibit: Ever wonder why anchovies swim in schools, or what life is like for a newly hatched skate in San Francisco Bay? Learn answers to questions like these in the Discover the Bay exhibit area, which is also where you find some of the bay’s brightest sea creatures, including green moray eels and California’s state marine fish, the orange garibaldi.

Under the Bay Exhibit: Thousands of marine animals, including octopuses, swim above and around you as you meander along a 300-foot (90-meter) tunnel system of clear glass. See moon jellies and Pacific sea nettles, giant sea bass and colorful starfish, and deepwater fish such as leopard and soupfin sharks.

Aquarium of the Bay

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Free admission for children ages 3 and under
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible
  • The aquarium is open every day except Christmas Day
  • Current operating hours are 11am-6pm

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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261 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Over priced
Shalome_T, Apr 2024
I rate it a 3/5 it was cool but the tickets are overpriced, it was a quick & fast experience. Not too many sea animals to see.
I think it should be a little more for what you pay!
Manuel_O, Apr 2024
I liked being able to touch the stingray! It was nice walking through the water tunnel Learning about the different kinds of fish and sharks was pretty cool
Not worth the money
Julie_G, Apr 2024
Not as good as we expected. Only small - we’d done it all in 45 minutes. Augmented reality section shut. Not many different species. I heard one mum ask if they had an octopus as her son loved them and they’d come to see one but they didn’t have any despite having a large painting mural of an octopus outside! Have other things like a squirrel, snakes, tortoises which have nothing to do with aquariums. We paid £106 for a family of 4. Waste of money and would not recommend.
Awesome experience
Luz_R, Nov 2023
Very small but worth the experience very nice and clean and some employees are very attentive. Would do it again if we had more time
Yenny_G, Oct 2023
Easier, no wait lines everything was easier, with children was the best way. We got in and out faster
In search of the aquarium life!
Teresa_P, Oct 2023
I had an overall good time with my family visiting the aquarium however it was a bit smaller then I thought!
It was the best experience to see
Tresia_E, Sep 2023
Walking through the tunnel. The whole experience was great it great with interacting with the animals ❤️
Very small and very expensive for the size
Amelia_N, Sep 2023
This is an expensive aquarium for the size and number of exhibits. It’s also in an area of town that experience is a lot of heavy traffic, so it’s very hard to make your way down to Pier 39 and not feel rushed and pretty anxious the whole time. Once you do arrive, it takes 30 minutes to walk through the entire aquarium. And while there’s plenty to read about each exhibit, the number of exhibits just doesn’t reach the threshold of the usual museum at this price point.
Fish out of water
Katie_C, Aug 2023
Very beautiful animals! Super easy to directions I just wish they had more animals and blind friendly accommodations on each exhibit! The hands on tide pools were absolutely my favorite! Everyone was so friendly!
I enjoyed my time at the...
Crystal_G, Aug 2023
I enjoyed my time at the aquarium I had a lot of fun there and I learned a lot as well it’s a great place to bring your kids
Daniel_J, Aug 2023
The most memorable moment on our trip is when we saw our kid happy that make us happy too. #Blessings
Lil wonders
Patricia_M, Aug 2023
Great spare if the moment trip for just me and my kids, took a drive to San Francisco and decided to visit the underground aquarium and it was amazing!
Fun on a foggy day
Elizabeth_C, Jul 2023
The Sharks of Alcatraz tunnel was so fun, I had to go through it twice. The jellies were beautiful. When I got to the river otters, there were only two and they were sleeping.
Poorly managed and...
Sagar_A, May 2023
Poorly managed and overrated aquarium! One of the visitor tunnel was closed and under construction ( but didn’t mention in ticketing process) ! Elevator carrying visitors were confusing and so many people were just randomly moving up and down ! If you live in Bay Area and just want to hang out with your kids in weekend then this might be an option for you but definitely not for foreign or inter- domestic travelers having limited time and want to cover up other important places !
Just the trip and the...
Elissa_N, Feb 2023
Just the trip and the fish overall was amazing although I do wish there was a little more to see I still had a great time and I loved how it was near many shops
Thank you for Great...
Niket_C, Feb 2023
Thank you for Great Experience. We had a great time. I understand you don't allow drinks inside .. but next time can you please say this in nice way :). Front Door guy was little rude.
Very impressed with the...
Leslie_C, Nov 2022
Very impressed with the jellyfish displays, the walk through fish and shark tunnes,. It was more than we expected with three floorsfloors
Sea/wildlife friends
Melanie_Z, Nov 2022
Able to touch the baby sharks, stingray and starfish. Loved the underground fish/shark tank! Very informative about each animal/fish.
Great for babies and toddlers!
Melissa_S, Nov 2022
An affordable family experience. The environments provided for the animals are all close to their natural spaces.
Too expensive.
Richard_P, Nov 2022
Kinda pricey for the size of the aquarium, was expecting a bit more. We had fun anyway. Probably won't go again at that price.

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