Tips for a Successful Visit

  • Make your reservation early. Our calendar fills up fast, so send us a request early.  Requesting a date in the fall or winter also gives you the best shot at your first pick.
  • Review Aquarium of the Bay’s expectations with students and chaperones prior to your visit.  Reviewing the Behavior Agreement and Chaperone Guide with students and chaperones will ensure a smooth visit for all.  Print our Behavior Agreement or Chaperone Guide. They are also included with your confirmation letter.  
  • Provide chaperones and students with name badges.  Name badges help our teachers and your students!
  • Take advantage of our Estuary Exploration Guides.  Print and bring our new Estuary Exploration Guides with you on your self-guided tours and enhance your Aquarium of the Bay experience!
  • Dress for cool weather. The San Francisco waterfront is almost always cool and breezy (even if it is hot where you are coming from). Your students will have to wait outside the building while you are checking in, so please be prepared for variable weather.
  • Have students store their lunches in their backpacks or leave them in the car or bus.   Aquarium of the Bay does not have storage available for lunches or personal belongings.  If your group is bringing bag lunches on the day of the fieldtrip, be aware that there is no indoor area for eating. There is, however, a park area with benches located along the waterfront immediately east of the Aquarium.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled tour or class time. This will give you time to use the restrooms (located between Aquarium of the Bay and Pier 39 and in the Aquarium’s gift shop), check in, and help us stay on schedule. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, we may not be able to accommodate your group at your reserved time. If your group is running late, please call our Education Department at (415) 623-5342.
  • Know what to do when you arrive.  Upon arrival, groups should line up behind the sign outside of the Aquarium’s main front entrance, while the group leader checks in at the front desk.  Please bring your confirmation letter and behavior agreement with you. Any additional payments for extra adults will be made during check in. It is important that you know the correct number of students and chaperones when you check in (for every 5 students, 1 chaperone enters free). Any additional adults need to pay at this time ($10.00 per person). Any chaperones arriving separately may not receive the group rate.