Sea Lion Center

Overlooking K-Dock in the marina adjacent to PIER 39, the Sea Lion Center interprets the colony of wild California sea lions now permanently established in this unusual urban location. The Center provides free educational programming on the natural history of California sea lions and the environmental threats they currently face.


Open Daily – 10am to 5pm

Educational Programming Schedule

  • 10:30am
  • 12:30pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 4:30pm

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JANUARY 1 – 28, 2018

Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the PIER 39

sea lions!


Stop by the Sea Lion Center and enjoy programming every half hour from 10:30am – 3:30pm including:

  • Sea Lion Shenanigans
  • Party for the Planet Blue
  • What’s for Lunch?
  • Floatin’ with the Sea Lions of San Francisco

While you are there, sign the Sea Lion Love Wall.

Stop by the Sea Lion Center .
Don’t forget to snap a picture using #lovesealions.

EVERY FRIDAY | Live @ K-Dock

Tune in on Facebook Live at 11:30am or catch us at K-Dock!

EVERY SATURDAY | Meet Salty the Sea Lion
From 12-3pm, come see Salty the Sea Lion at K-Dock and the Sea Lion Center

JANUARY 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21 | Sea Lion Encounter
Enjoy free educational walking tours led by naturalists hourly from 12-3pm. Plus receive a voucher for a free refreshment and a discount to Aquarium of the Bay at the end of each tour.*

JANUARY 19 | 28th Anniversary of PIER 39’s World Famous Sea Lions!
FREE Admission to Aquarium of the Bay for the first 28 guests to mention “Sea Lion Love” at the Front Desk of Aquarium of the Bay.**

Sea Lion Love, 28th Anniversary, PIER 39

All events and activities are weather permitting and subject to change without notice. *Tour availability is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Discount and refreshments are for tour participants only, and only available while supplies last. One discount per participant. Cannot be combined with any other offer. **Free admission available while supplies last on January 19, 2018. No cash value. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

About the Sea Lions

California sea lions have always lived in the San Francisco Bay, especially during the winter months when they hunt for schools of herring and anchovies. However, after the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, sea lions began hauling out on K-Dock and they stayed there. The animals discovered that the docks are easier to haul out on than rocky shorelines, and that they didn’t have to move when the tides rose and fell. And, since the new location was less exposed to predators and provided easy access to food in the Bay, the docks became a thriving sea lion haunt and a very popular visitor attraction.

Visit the Sea Lion Center to experience marine mammal-focused exhibits and videos, and to watch and photograph these fascinating animals romp and sleep. Listen to their their playful barks, feel the fresh ocean breeze, and enjoy the views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. The Center can be reserved for educational field trips and private rental events.

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