Aquarium of the Bay is at Pier 39 at The Embarcadero and Beach St. Permanent exhibits allow visitors to learn about San Francisco Bay ecosystems; see, through clear acrylic tunnels, marine life such as sharks and sea stars; and encounter underwater bay residents at several touch pools. The exhibit Otters Up Close focuses on river otters, semi-aquatic mammals that are members of the weasel family and common denizens of Bay Area waterways. Naturalists are available to answer questions. A Behind-the-Scenes Tour also is available.
$24.95; $14.95 (ages 4-12 and 65+); $70 (family, two adults and two children). Behind-the-Scenes Tour $15 (plus aquarium admission). Ages 0-4 are not permitted on the Behind-the-Scenes Tour.
Hours: Daily 9-8, mid-June through Labor Day; Mon.-Thurs. 10-7, Fri.-Sun. 10-8, Mar. 1 through mid-June and day after Labor Day-Oct. 31; Mon.-Thurs. 10-6, Fri.-Sun. 10-7, rest of year. Closed Christmas.