Private Events

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A beautiful and unique waterfront venue

Aquarium of the Bay provides a unique and unforgettable venue for cocktail receptions, mixers, product launches, presentations and meetings. Whether it is a fun-filled team-building event, a board meeting, or a product launch, we have event staff that can help you plan the event of your dreams.

General Event Information:

  • Total Building Space: 50,000 square feet
  • Panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and the city skyline  
  • 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels  
  • Over 30,000 aquatic animals from San Francisco Bay    
  • Conveniently located at the edge of PIER 39 and the historic Fisherman's Wharf district
  • Close proximity to many hotels
  • Accessible by public transportation
  • Opportunities to enhance your celebration with Naturalist-led tours and other special features
  • Optional event services and equipment include: coat check service, custodial staff, A/V equipment, tables, chairs and linens

2016 Aquarium of the Bay Facility Rentals

Discover the Bay

The Discover the Bay gallery is an introduction to San Francisco Bay and the animals that live within it. Guests will have access to the gallery proper, main entrance, restrooms and glass canopy, with views of the marina and San Francisco Bay.
Capacity: 60 people for a seated dinner, 80 people for a stand up cocktail


Touch the Bay/North American River Otter Galleries

Give your guests the opportunity to touch sharks, rays, skates and sea stars. Guests also get up close and personal with land-dwelling animals ranging from Blue-Tongued Skinks to Chinchillas, in the Bay Lab. Explore our newest gallery, North American River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors!
Capacity: 40 people seated buffet, 75 people stand up cocktail


Discover the Bay/Touch the Bay/North American River Otter Galleries

Enjoy cocktails while strolling the top level of our Aquarium.  Your guests will have access to Discover the Bay, featuring eight habitats holding over one thousand aquatic animals; Touch the Bay, where guests have the opportunity to touch some of our animals; and our new North American River Otter gallery, featuring our watershed ambassadors. 
Capacity: 75 people seated buffet, 200 people stand up cocktail


Full Aquarium Events

Your guests will have full access to Aquarium of the Bay and will be able to share a cocktail with the sharks as they explore crystal clear tunnels filled with over 20,000 marine animals.
Capacity: 350 stand up cocktail



Strolling Dinner

Aquarium of the Bay provides a unique and unforgettable venue for cocktail receptions, mixers, product launches, presentations and meetings. Your guests will have full access to Aquarium of the Bay and will be able to share a cocktail with the sharks as they explore crystal clear tunnels filled with over 20,000 marine animals. Learn More.


Cocktails by the Bay

Experience the rich life of California’s tidepools when you host your event at Aquarium of the Bay. Our Tidal Touchpools are a treasure chest where colorful sea stars, spongy sea cucumbers, and vibrant anemones abound, offering a stunning setting for any occasion. Learn More.


Ottertini Cocktail Party

A little work and a lot of play.

Our river otters have playful personalities that are sure to capture the hearts of your guests. Watch their antics while they wrestle and tumble in cascading waterfalls along the city skyline and help save the bay–one Ottertini at a time. Learn More.

Meetings with a View

Host a meeting with a view at the Sea Lion Center on PIER 39. Guests can enjoy an unobstructed view of San Francisco’s world-famous sea lions from the deck of the Center, sitting just above the floating docks where these iconic animals have made their home. Learn More.


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Testimonials

"Everything was perfect. What an amazing and fun venue for an informal holiday party an we could have had at least a few hundred people more there was so much space. All the activities, especially the sea otters, were just fascinating. The evening was the whole enchilada - fun, educational, interactive....sum it up as a perfect night.
 
We will no doubt be booking our next Holiday party at the Aquarium of the Bay and would tell anyone who is thinking about it, this is an amazing location, beautiful venue, breathtaking views and so much fun for everyone. Really, there was something for everyone."


— Alcatraz Cruises LLC

"Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39 is such a terrific resource to learn more about San Francisco Bay. We held our respective department holiday parties at the aquarium, in December 2015, and our party guests gave us great reviews on the aquarium mentioning the rivers otters and the touch pool repeatedly. The staff was professional, friendly, and made it a great experience for us as event planners."


— Google