An aquarium visit soothes the soul with visions of ambling fish and bubbling tanks that make us nostalgic for the gestation pods in which all human life begins. Come full circle with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $29 for one individual membership (a $60 value)
- $45 for one family membership (a $90 value)
- $49 for one family plus membership (a $100 value)
[Membership benefits] include one full year of unlimited aquarium access, 15% discounts on gift-store purchases, and discounted admission to more than 100 nationwide zoos and aquariums. Family memberships are valid for two adults and two children younger than 18; family plus memberships are valid for the same, as well as one guest.
Aquarium of the Bay
Quick: talk about river otters. Here are a few to get you started: they're members of the weasel family, they can swim at speeds reaching 7 miles per hour, and a group of them is known, tellingly, as a romp. The keepers at Aquarium of the Bay have spent months studying these sorts of facts and figures, studiously preparing for the arrival of their brand-new residents. In Otters: Watershed Ambassadors, these river kings and queens get some well-earned attention, with exhibits tracing everything from their daily habits to their conservation status.
The otters aren't alone, of course. The 50,000 square foot facility houses three main exhibit areas devoted entirely to marine life native to San Francisco Bay. These include Under the Bay, where Moon Jellies float amidst ambient lighting inside a 725-gallon cylinder tank. They share the exhibit with two tunnel tanks, which provide a undersea view of giant Pacific octopuses, spiny dogfish, swirling schools of anchovies, and the sevengill shark, the largest shark native to the bay. Visitors eager to put their other senses to work can head over to the aquarium's touch pools, where their fingertips can graze juvenile bay rats, leopard sharks, and sea stars.
Though not included in this Groupon and membership, guided tours escort guests through all of the aquarium's highlights, while daily programs enrich visits with interactive presentations in the Bay Lab—the aquarium's land animal area—including feeding shows. Over in the Bay Theater, 3D films and award-winning documentaries examine subjects such as shark species and marine conservation, while magician Timothy Noonan's 75-minute interactive show blends family-friendly comedy with illusions such as pulling a whale out of a hat.