Pumpkin just wrapped up learning about the ocean at school, and her teacher organized a trip to Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco for the class and their families. Since we’d wanted to see this aquarium but never found the opportunity, we jumped at the chance to go this time.
If you want to check out a diverse range of sea creatures, including sharks, this place is for you. The aquarium features rooms of water tanks with clownfish, seastars, an octopus, eels, jellyfish, and more.
But by far, the best part is the two tunnels that run under the bay. Visitors can walk through the tunnels and have a nearly 360-degree view of fish swimming on the sides and overhead. The first tunnel contains tens of seastars, eels, and stingrays. The second tunnel has more seastars and features mainly sharks—smaller ones, about three to three-and-a-half feet long, but still sharks! I didn’t get any good photos of them since they swim too fast—seastars are much more accomodating!
After the Shark Tunnel, as it’s known, visitors can then enter the last room, containing open pools of various fish, seastars, turtles, and frogs. There are also simple arts and crafts for the little ones and talks about the sea creatures at various times.
Being part of Pier 39 gives you the option of extending your day in the city a bit more if you wish, or even grab lunch or ice cream. It’s a really diverse aquarium if your kids are interested in what’s under the sea, so if you plan to be in the area, check out the Aquarium of the Bay!