View San Francisco Bay’s Aquatic Animals Swimming Around You While Walking In A Tube
The Aquarium of the Bay features 300-foot-long clear acrylic tunnels with many of the bay’s creatures swimming around you. Called Under The Bay, it has more than 200 species of animals in five tubes and features sharks, the giant Pacific octopus, Dungeness crabs, abalone, swirling schools of anchovies and mesmerizing jellyfish.
The aquarium also has a touchpools and a display featuring river otters.
Aquarium of the Bay is home to more than 200 species and 20,000 animals found in San Francisco Bay or along the California coast. Many can be seen from glass tubes that run throughout the aquarium.
In addition to the displays, there are two special tours.
The Behind-the-Scenes Tour provides an exclusive sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes at Aquarium of the Bay, where you walk on the the catwalk above the tanks, learn about dive operations, and discover the extensive process of Aquarium caring for 20,000+ marine and indigenous animals on a daily basis. Behind-the-Scenes Tours occur daily at 1 p.m., and on weekends at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
With the Feed-the-Sharks Tour you feed sharks, rays, skates, and other fishes in the Aquarium’s 350,000-gallon Offshore Tunnel (Sharks of Alcatraz) exhibit. Tour participants will get a taste of what it’s like to be a marine biologist by testing the pH and oxygen levels of the tunnel water. Stroll the catwalk over the tunnels and sneak a peek at off-exhibit areas, such as the baby jellies nursery, the skate grow-out and holding space, and other Animal Care work areas. Feed-the-Sharks Tours are every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Hours: 11 a.m-6 p.m.
Length Of Visit: Most people spent 90 minutes in the aquarium.
Ticket Prices: $29.95 for adults (ages 13 to 65), $24.95 for seniors and $19.95 for children. It is part of the San Fransisco City Pass.
Website: Aquarium of the Bay