Aquarium of the Bay is a nonprofit marine nature center. Its mission is to create experiences that inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed.
With exhibitions focused on the Bay's diverse aquatic animals and distinctive ecosystems, the Aquarium hosts nearly 600,000 visitors each year, and provides free classes and tours to more than 15,000 Bay Area school children annually.
The 65,000 square foot facility features 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding over 700,000 gallons of filtered Bay water that is home to over 20,000 aquatic animals, including sharks, bat rays and skates. New exhibits installed in April 2009 include an octopus exhibit, a jellies exhibit and PG&E Bay Lab with land animals, and an interactive climate change exhibit.
Walk through tunnels and have fish and sharks swimming all around you and really get a feel for being under the bay. Also, get up close and personal while you pet a baby leopard shark, bat ray, or skate.