San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay
Steller Sea Lions, courtesy of NOAA
Humpback tail fluke, courtesy of Erin Falcone
Orca breaching near Morro Bay, courtesy of Mike Baird
Located on San Francisco’s iconic waterfront, Aquarium of the Bay provides unforgettable encounters with local marine life that inspire both wonder and conservation. This marine nature center offers 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained San Francisco Bay water that sustains approximately 20,000 animals who live in the Bay and nearby waters, from octopuses to eight-foot sevengill sharks. Visitors are treated to a mesmerizing walls of jellies and a chance to have up close and personal encounters with leopard sharks, bat rays, skates, and other “splash zone” animals.