Aquarium of the Bay

Last weekend, we took the girls to the Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39 in San Francisco.

It’s a relatively small aquarium, but they make good use of what little space they have. There is an emphasis on fish and other animals that live in the bay. The San Francisco Bay is the breeding grounds/nursery for many species including leopard sharks.

There are many species of jellyfish, and the changing light makes them appear to be pink, blue, green, etc.

There are interactive exhibits, whether you’re putting your head into an aquarium of fish or touching a baby ray. Be careful, though, because the touch pools are deeper than they appear. We ended up with a wet sleeve.

There’s also a room with amphibians, snakes, turtles, etc. I think at least some of them are rescue animals. There are three otters which are rescues, and are great fun to watch.

The big attraction, though is the big tank, where you walk through the tank while sharks and other fish swim beside you and above you.

If you’re already at Pier 39, check them out.


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