Aquarium of the Bay

Discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life at Aquarium of the Bay. Located on the historic San Francisco waterfront at PIER 39, the Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 marine animals including sleek sharks and rays, secretive octopus, hypnotic jellyfish, sparkling anchovies, frolicking river otters, and many more.

A variety of San Francisco Bay living habitats house the diverse animal collection, including walk-through tunnel exhibits, transparent touchpools, and a bubbling mountain stream exhibit. Nature enthusiasts have the opportunity to learn about the most important environmental challenges of the day like climate change, plastic pollution in the oceans, and habitat loss.

The Aquarium is a Smithsonian Affiliate, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco.

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Research Vessel Mike Reigle – Launching March 15

The research vessel, named the RV Mike Reigle in honor of its patron, will enable Aquarium biologists to conduct tag-and-release studies of sevengill sharks and to collect other native Bay Area marine wildlife for exhibits.

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Life-changing Impact

Over the course of our 20+ year history, nearly seven million guests including more than 100,000 free trips to local K-12 students have visited the Aquarium. By connecting guests with native marine animals in an engaging and meaningful manner, we nurture transformative and emotional connections that inspire conservation actions. The Aquarium extends our reach even further through our Conservation Impact Programs, working across the organization and other partner institutions.

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