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Sea Lion Center

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Operated and managed by Aquarium of the Bay, the Sea Lion Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers free interpretive programs to complement one of San Francisco's most popular attractions. More than six million annual visitors will...more
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The Embarcadero at Beach Street, c/o Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Reviewed yesterday

Another must when visiting San Francisco. It's also located around a bunch of other attractions, so it's pretty convenient too.

Thank Nikos T
Reviewed 4 days ago

ok we were on the pier and had several pictures of sea lions and saw this center and briefly explored it. as it is small. then went on the outside to watch the sea lions bark about on the docks - a much better way...More

Thank Les G
Reviewed 5 days ago

They were all so cute that I wanted to kidnap them all. They are very vocal and watching them battle for their area on the boards is so funny. Unreal to see these beautiful creatures up so close. Loved it.

Thank Nelin N N
Reviewed 1 week ago

First you hear them. What is that? Then you smell them. Eww. WHAT is THAT? They you see the lazy sea lions sunning themselves, nipping at each other, playing around. It's a fun little visit. We were there in November and early in the day...More

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 1 week ago

my wife wanted to see animals in their habitat, after leaving the aquarium, we visited the lion center of the pier 39, many visitors, grouped to take pictures of the sea lions, excellent place for children, a place to remember.

Thank pablo v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's tons of Sea Lions so it is almost like a guaranteed sighting here. If you have never seen Sea Lions in real life before, then this is a place worth visiting. As there are so many of them concentrated in a small area, it...More

Thank SeshKomanduri
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There’s plenty of room along the dock and pier to see the sea lions in action frolicking, barking, fighting for position or just sunning and posing for photos.

Thank MeetUsAtTheCorner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by to see the sea lions and as always there were entertaining. I could sit here for hours and watch them.

Thank Erica R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is just great! I was in SF 2 times and only for the 2nd time I realised that this place exists :) It is just great. Lots of wild sealions taking sunbath and swimming :)

Thank piotrh1982
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun to watch the sea lions. So many sunning on the docs. There is bleachers to climb to get higher to watch them. All free to see.

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Vacationer356029
7 November 2018|
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Response from Bonita W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's free. It's on Pier 39.
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