Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry Program

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Join Aquarium of the Bay and Alcatraz Cruises for a unique, hands-on educational experience. Led by an expert team of Aquarium Educators , the Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry Program provides an immersive learning experience of San Francisco Bay from onboard the Hornblower Hybrid.

This program includes:
  • The ecology of San Francisco Bay and the surrounding Golden Gate National Recreation Area;
  • Impacts of climate change to the region and innovative energy saving technologies;
  • The practices of science through guided observation, use of scientific instruments, and problem solving;
  • An optional tour of Aquarium of the Bay.
This unique program is aligned with 5th – 8th grade Next Generation Science Standards.
Program Dates:

The Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry Program is only available on limited dates during the school year. 

Times Offered:

9:50 am-1:15 pm (2:15 pm if Aquarium tour is included)

Program Capacity:
  • Maximum number of total participants (students, teachers, and chaperones) per program: 45
  • Mandatory Requirement: Minimum 1 adult chaperone per 7 student ratio.

If you are interested in sponsoring a class trip or the entire program, please contact

Reservations for this program have closed.
If you would like to be put on the wait list, please contact Maia Kolbeck at

Please Note:’s Aquarium of the Bay, Sea Lion Center and BayMobile free education programs are available to all K-12 school groups from the 9 Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma). This does not include after-school or youth group programs affiliated with K-12 schools. All other youth or non-Bay Area school groups wishing to visit Aquarium of the Bay programs should contact our Group Sales Department at

Special thanks to Alcatraz Cruises for funding the Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry programs for the 2016-2017 school year.


Explore Our Other Programs:

Aquarium Exploration Tours

Self-Guided Aquarium Tours
Sea Lion Center Programs


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Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry Program