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.
- 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.
- 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.
- River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors
Get up close and personal and watch endearing river otters romping, swimming, sleeping, playing and more. Join Aquarium naturalists for “Otter Talks” and learn more about river otters, like how they exhibit playful behaviors even in the wild, how they differ from their sea otter cousins, and what we can all do to keep their homes in the wild healthy and clean.
- Octopus Fun Facts
Giant Pacific octopuses are amazing animals, and a visitor favorite at Aquarium of the Bay. It’s easy to see why, especially when you consider their amazing skills and abilities that could make anyone jealous. Read on to learn eight fascinating facts (that’s one for each arm) that will leave you wishing for more.