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Aquarium of the Bay: General Admission Tickets

1. Aquarium of the Bay: General Admission Tickets

Explore the beauty and wonder of San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay with this entrance ticket, giving you access to the 3 main exhibit halls. Discover the amazingly diverse marine life that lives beneath the surface of San Francisco Bay and its surrounding waters. Explore the “Discover the Bay” exhibit, highlighting the unique ecosystem that provides home to a diverse selection of marine life. The exhibits feature more than 20,000 aquatic animals. Learn all about this delicate underwater habitat and the need for its conservation. Then, experience the magic of the habitat at “Touch the Bay,” complete with tide pools where you can touch the creatures that patrol San Francisco Bay’s waters. No trip to Aquarium of the Bay would be complete without a visit to the North American River Otter gallery, where frisky river otters romp, swim, sleep and play. Get a scuba diver’s view of San Francisco Bay at the Aquarium of the Bay’s most iconic exhibit, “Under the Bay.” As you walk through the tunnels, you’ll see fascinating jellyfish, watch schools of fish that swim near the shore, see delicate starfish, and view larger fish, such as sharks, rays, and sturgeons, which live in the deeper waters of San Francisco Bay.

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San Francisco: Go City All-Inclusive Pass 25+ Attractions

2. San Francisco: Go City All-Inclusive Pass 25+ Attractions

The San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass is an all-access attraction pass that offers the ultimate in convenience, cost savings, and flexibility for visitors to the Bay Area. Customers choose 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day passes at a low, pre-paid price. Use the pass to gain access to any and all of the 28 included attractions, saving up to 60% compared to full retail admissions. The California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, Exploratorium, Bay cruises, Six Flags, bike rental and tours, and much more are all included! See below for the complete list. There’s no need to decide in advance what you want to see. The free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. With the San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass, you’ll spend your time in the Bay Area collecting memories instead of credit card receipts. Included Attractions and Activities: • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco: 1-day classic tour • California Academy of Sciences • Madame Tussauds San Francisco • Legoland Discovery Center • Aquarium of the Bay • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour • Escape from the Rock - Cruise around Alcatraz • Exploratorium • One All-Day Comfort Bike Rental by Blazing Saddles • San Francisco Zoo and Gardens • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) • Oracle Park Tour • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom • USS Pampanito • de Young Museum and Legion of Honor • The Walt Disney Family Museum • K1 Speed Indoor Karting • GoCar San Francisco Tour (30-minute rental) • Angel Island Roundtrip Ferry • Asian Art Museum • U.S.S. HORNET Museum • The Contemporary Jewish Museum • California Historical Society • Urban Hike Tour • The Beat Museum • Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour ends in Sausalito

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San Francisco CityPASS®: Save 44% at 4 Top Attractions

3. San Francisco CityPASS®: Save 44% at 4 Top Attractions

With so much to see and do in San Francisco, it is often difficult to know where to begin with your sightseeing schedule. Do not worry, because San Francisco CityPASS has collected the top attractions and priced them at 44% less than the same tickets purchased separately. San Francisco CityPASS provides admission into: 1. California Academy of Sciences - Climb into the canopy of a butterfly-filled four-story rainforest. Come face-to-face with a colony of penguins. Explore the outer limits of the universe in a 75-foot planetarium. Decompress in front of the deepest indoor coral reef on Earth. At the Academy, you’ll get to experience nearly 40,000 of the world’s most beautiful, unusual creatures—from the heart of Golden Gate Park. 2. Blue & Gold Fleet San Francisco Bay Cruise - Complete your visit to San Francisco with Blue & Gold Fleet’s one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure. Sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and past Angel Island on this fully-narrated tour offering breathtaking views. 3. The Aquarium of the Bay OR The Walt Disney Family Museum Aquarium of the Bay - Meet local inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding watersheds at Aquarium of the Bay, located at PIER 39 next to Fisherman’s Wharf. Experience the closest thing to being underwater when you walk through glass tunnels, with close-up views of local sharks, bat rays, Spiny Lumpsuckers and Garibaldis. Don’t know what some of those are? Go find out!  The Walt Disney Family Museum - Visit the Walt Disney Family Museum in the scenic San Francisco Presidio. Find animation, innovation and inspiration through interactive galleries featuring films, music, artifacts, and a spectacular model of Disneyland. Explore Walt’s remarkable life story, told through his own voice, family photographs, and personal collections. 4. The Exploratorium OR San Francisco Zoo & Gardens Exploratorium - Embrace the wild wonder at the intersection of science and art at the Exploratorium, the most experimental museum in the world. Tinker and play with more than 650 interactive exhibits and immerse yourself in San Francisco’s independent, innovative culture. San Francisco Zoo & Gardens - San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is home to more than 2000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals on 100 acres of majestic and peaceful gardens nestled against the Pacific Ocean. In addition to many animals, the Zoo offers entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including the historic steam train and carousel and uniquely themed play zone area that will ignite the imagination of children of all ages.

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San Francisco: City Explorer Pass with 2-5 Attractions

4. San Francisco: City Explorer Pass with 2-5 Attractions

Explore San Francisco at your own pace and according to your interests with a flexible, easy-to-use sightseeing pass. Select 2, 3, 4, or 5 must-see, must-do attractions, and tours from a comprehensive choice of over 25 options. Ride the hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour and get to know the city, enjoy a harbor cruise, visit informative museums, rent a Go Car for an hour, or experience the thrills of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Valid for 60 days from the first activity, the full range of options available is as follows: • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco: 1-day Classic Tour • California Academy of Sciences • Madame Tussauds San Francisco • U.S.S. HORNET Museum • Aquarium of the Bay • Exploratorium • Escape from the Rock • The Walt Disney Family Museum • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom • One All-Day Comfort Bike Rental by Blazing Saddles • Urban Hike Tour • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) • Go Car 1 Hour Tour • de Young Museum and Legion of Honor • K1 Speed Indoor Karting • San Francisco Zoo & Gardens • Oracle Park Tour • Angel Island Roundtrip Ferry • USS Pampanito • Asian Art Museum • Subpar Miniature Golf - Fun Pack • The Contemporary Jewish Museum • Escape Game • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour • Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour ends in Sausalito • Legoland Discovery Center

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From San Francisco: Alcatraz And Yosemite 2-Day Combo Tour

5. From San Francisco: Alcatraz And Yosemite 2-Day Combo Tour

Discover the notorious former federal prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay and enjoy the award winning audio tour. Then, spend the next day in the glorious surroundings of Yosemite Park. First, enjoy a narrated boat tour around Alcatraz Island before docking. Then, take the guided “Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour” from the dock to the main prison building.  The next day, escape the crowds of the city center, and drive to Yosemite National Park. Head east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and enjoy great views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Drive through Central Valley, stopping at a fruit stand to try some local produce. Pass fruit orchards and nut farms, before entering the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Continue into the mountains to California’s gold rush town of Groveland. Once inside Yosemite National Park, take a 1.5-hour narrated tour of the glaciated valley in c coach. See waterfalls and rock formations, including Yosemite Falls, North America’s tallest waterfall. Continue past El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, and Sentinel Dome, pausing at great vantage points, such as Inspiration Point, for panoramic views. Stop for the afternoon near the base of Yosemite Falls. If you have not already picked up picnic supplies, there are many options for getting lunch in the park. You will have 3-4 hours of free time to explore the valley as you choose. Walk to the base of Yosemite Falls, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, stop in at the Ahwahnee Hotel, or rent a cruiser bike. Alternatively, hike some of the trails that originate from the valley. Your tour includes entrance to The Aquarium of the Bay which you may use at a time of your choosing.

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San Francisco: 5-Hour California's Redwoods & Aquarium

6. San Francisco: 5-Hour California's Redwoods & Aquarium

Experience California's coastal redwood forest during your trip to Muir Woods National Monument. Then, take a drive through the quaint seaside village of Sausalito. At your leisure, visit the Aquarium of the Bay and marvel at the marine life larking below the San Francisco Bay waters. This 5-hour tour offers three convenient departure times to best suit your schedule. Venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees, also known as Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy solitude and peace, through the cool, moist air, as you stroll through 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. Experience the awe and wonder as you are treated through Northern California’s signature fog, while you wander in and out of the Mother Nature’s redwood alleyways. The canopy of coastal redwoods soaring above will stimulate all of your senses as you journey through a piece of ancient California history. You will never forget the crisp, fresh redwood fragrance that will surround you on your journey to the majestic Muir Woods National Monument. Entrance fee into Muir Woods is included in the tour. Lastly, enjoy a scenic drive through the quaint seaside town of Sausalito – a Mediterranean-like village harbored across the San Francisco Bay, famous for its sweeping views, timeless sophistication, local boutiques and cafes. (As an option — Extend your time and add on the ferry return.) Following your visit to California's famous coastal redwoods, enjoy a visit to the Aquarium of the Bay to experience the local marine life beneath San Francisco.  The Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 focuses on restoring the local habitat of San Francisco and her marine life. Experience the awe and wonder of the Aquarium's jellies habitat, featuring Moon Jellies and Pacific Sea Nettles. Continuing on, in the crystal aqua tunnel, you'll see a dynamic near shore habitat that includes swirling schools of Anchovies, giant Sea Bass and colorful Sea Stars. Explore the deeper waters of San Francisco Bay in the second crystal clear tunnel habitat. This trip will surely give you the best experience of San Francisco Bay's wildlife and marine culture. (The visit to the aquarium can be enjoyed at your own leisure throughout the day, open ticket). 

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What people are saying about Aquarium of the Bay

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 286 reviews

Very fun! We got to touch the sting rays and baby sharks ! I recommend for a fun short experience. The otters really put on a show underwater and when you walk through the display you are surrounded by sea life as you walk through a tunnel of water and swimming fish! …. and employees that love to give info and suggest cool facts about the different sea creatures.

I’m handicapped and the big bus was wonderful to hop off take pictures hop back on. We missed the last bus , but was willing to take us close enough to our car in China town. Wonderful memories

It was excellent since as we were 5 people the individual tickets would have been much more expensive. In addition, the orientation of the important places to see and visit was very useful.

We got to enjoy several of the events and venues on the pass. The adults and the kids all enjoyed the vacation. It was an excellent savings and purchase.

Very good option when you plan on visiting different places