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Aquarium of the Bay VIP Experience

4.5 (3)
San Francisco, US

Aquarium of the Bay VIP Experience

4.5 (3)
San Francisco, US
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Experience the underwater world like never before with the Aquarium of the Bay VIP Experience. This exclusive tour allows you to explore the aquarium before it opens to the public, giving you a unique opportunity to observe over 20,000 fascinating marine animals up close. Led by our knowledgeable educators, you'll get an insider's look at the variety of projects our Animal Care team works on to create a captivating experience for visitors. From sharks to sea stars and river otters, you'll be amazed by the diverse array of creatures that call San Francisco Bay home. Plus, as a special treat, you'll get to witness a captivating video presentation on our river otter training. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to dive into the enchanting world beneath the waves.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Guided tour by expert educators
  • Exclusive access to the aquarium before it opens
  • Opportunity to interact with marine life
  • Learn about the Animal Care team's projects
  • Watch a video presentation on river otter training.
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Admission to the Aquarium of the Bay
  • Watch biologists prepare animal habitats
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

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Step into a world of wonder and immerse yourself in the stunning marine life at the Aquarium of the Bay. This VIP Experience takes you on a captivating journey through the diverse ecosystem of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific waters surrounding it. Get ready to encounter over 20,000 mesmerizing animals, including sharks, rays, sea stars, and river otters. With an expert guide by your side, you'll discover fascinating insights into the daily operations and conservation projects of the Animal Care team. Be among the privileged few to explore the aquarium before it opens to the public, in a personalized tour that promises an unforgettable adventure like no other.

What to expect?

During this extraordinary 120-minute VIP tour, you'll gain exclusive access to the Aquarium of the Bay's exhibits before anyone else. Delve into the magical underwater world as you witness these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. Your knowledgeable guide will reveal the secrets behind the exhibits and provide captivating commentary throughout the experience. Engage with the Animal Care team and learn about the various projects they undertake to ensure the well-being of the marine life. As the grand finale, indulge in a captivating video presentation that showcases the incredible training of the adorable river otters. Prepare to be amazed by the beauty and diversity of the marine world.

Who is this for?

This VIP Experience at Aquarium of the Bay is perfect for all nature enthusiasts, from families and friends to solo travelers and couples seeking a unique adventure. Whether you're a marine biology enthusiast, an animal lover, or a curious explorer, this tour caters to both young and old alike. Discover the wonders of the underwater realm and gain a deeper appreciation for the fragile ecosystems that thrive in San Francisco Bay. This experience is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for everyone, including those with limited mobility. Join us on this extraordinary journey and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Why book this?

The Aquarium of the Bay VIP Experience offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating world of marine life. Unlike traditional visits, this exclusive tour allows you to explore the exhibits before they open to the public, creating a serene and private ambiance. With a limited number of guests, you'll enjoy a more intimate and personalized interaction with the marine creatures. Delve into behind-the-scenes stories and gain fascinating insights into the conservation efforts undertaken by the dedicated Animal Care team. As you witness firsthand the dedication and passion these experts have for their work, your appreciation for marine conservation will deepen. Don't miss this chance to embark on a truly extraordinary journey through the underwater wonders of San Francisco Bay.

Good to know

Prepare for an awe-inspiring experience by wearing comfortable attire and walking shoes. The Aquarium of the Bay is easily accessible and includes facilities for visitors with disabilities. Remember to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking moments and share them with your loved ones. Make sure to arrive at the meeting point on time, as the VIP Experience starts promptly. This tour requires a minimum of 3 guests to run, ensuring a more intimate experience for participants. Please note that certain areas of the aquarium may be subject to temporary closures for maintenance or animal care purposes. Get ready to embark on a remarkable journey filled with wonder and exploration.


Visitors who have experienced the Aquarium of the Bay VIP tour have been captivated by the beauty and diversity of the marine life they encountered. They were particularly impressed by the knowledgeable guides who shared engaging stories and insights about the various exhibits. Guests were amazed by the opportunity to observe marine creatures up-close and appreciated the intimate atmosphere created by the limited number of participants. The dedication of the Animal Care team left a lasting impression, showcasing their commitment to conservation and providing valuable educational experiences. Overall, individuals who have embarked on this VIP tour agree that it was a truly unforgettable adventure, allowing them to discover the hidden treasures of San Francisco Bay's marine ecosystem.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Aquarium of the Bay

The VIP Experience is a one of a kind visit at Aquarium of the Bay. Be our guest in a personalized tour led by an expert through the Aquarium before we open the doors to the public. Along the way, you will see first hand, and have the opportunity to ask about the various projects our Animal Care team works on as they ready exhibits for the day. To finish each experience, we send you off with a video presentation showcasing our river otter training. The VIP Experience is available each day, with a minimum requirement of 3 guests to run and a maximum of 25.

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4.5 (3)


Granted the aquarium is small, but they have done an amazing job with the exhibits they have. The two tunnels are well worth the visit alone. The number of rays and sharks are impressive. Our guide Conner was knowledgeable, relatable and made the excursion very enjoyable. Definitely a must done if you are in the area.


Strai got forward guided tour of the exhibits. Nice to have the whole place to our small tour group before the aquarium opened. Guide was friendly. Wish that there was animal feeding or care to watch, that would have made it really special. Small aquarium so the hour long tour covered the whole thing. Kids loved being able to ask the knowledgeable guide lots of questions. River otters were the clear favorite attraction.


The Aquarium of the Bay "Behind the Scenes" tour was the best way to utilize our time and gain the most knowledge of these aquatic animals. We learned so much from our guide. She was very upbeat & positive. You could tell she absolutely loves what she does, and she will be so successful in her career as a Marine Biologist when she finishes school. She is very educated about the animals at the aquarium and beyond. We learned so much from her, and there wasnt any question she couldnt answer. We had so much fun visiting here on our last day in SF. Im so happy to support what you do & keep up the good work!
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2024-04-13 06:12