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Situated on San Francisco's iconic Pier 39, the Aquarium of the Bay is a marine nature center that offers visitors an immersive look into the aquatic life of San Francisco Bay and its surrounding waters. Established in 1996, this 65,000-square-foot facility is home to over 20,000 marine animals from more than 200 species, primarily local to the Bay Area.

Visitors to the Aquarium of the Bay can enjoy guided tours, interactive touch pools, behind-the-scenes tours, and daily dive shows. They can walk through the mesmerizing tunnel exhibits, providing a 360-degree view of the Bay's fascinating marine life. Also, the aquarium's location on Pier 39 means visitors can combine their trip with other attractions such as sea lion viewings, dining, and shopping, making it an excellent destination for a full day of family fun.

The Aquarium of the Bay has a strong commitment to conservation and education. It operates as a subsidiary of, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, restoring, and inspiring the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. The aquarium's conservation efforts extend to various initiatives, including animal rescue and rehabilitation, waterway cleanup projects, and sustainable seafood advocacy.

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