AQUARIUM OF THE BAY - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Aquarium by the Bay at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Pier 39 and is a beautiful and diverse marine life experience. Aquarium by the Bay mainly focuses are local marine life such as sharks, bat rays, rock fish and sea bass. Walk down an acrylic tunnel and get close to an underwater experience as you can get without minus the submarine. There is plenty to see and do at the Aquarium by the Bay and you will not be dissapointed.
MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM - MONTEREY, CA
Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit aquarium focusing are local Monterey Bay marine life. The sea water exhibit pumps in filtered sea water straight from Monterey Bay. Overall Monterey Bay has over 200 animal exhibits for the public to view. You can also see the rescued sea otters living in a 55,000 gallon tank and are the only marine mammals on exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey Bay Aquarium is a bay area attraction you shouldn't miss.
STEINHART AQUARIUM AT CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
The Steinhart Aquarium is located within the California Academy of Sciences Museum. The Academy of science features a diving program, divers perform daily dives to entertain spectators while keeping the tanks clean and researching the marine life.
THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER - SAUSALITO, CA
Get close up and personal with marine life including seals, starfish and stingrays. The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization that helps injured sea animals founded by Lloyd Smalley, Pat Arrigoni and Paul Maxwell in 1975. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito is open to the public and is a great place to visit all year round. The center is located near a beach so you can spend part of the day enjoying the nearby sand, salt water and view of the ocean. Admission, and money spent at the gift shop go towards helping save and rehabilitate marine life. Marine Mammal Center patients generally include sea lions, elephant seals, northern fur seals and otters. Marine life can become entangled in plastic or injured by boats or by humans. There is plenty of educational material to consume at the Marine Mammal Center and is a great place to take out of town guests.