Sea Lion Center

Sea Lion Center, San Francisco: Hours, Address, Sea Lion Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Sea Lion Center
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Aquariums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 have the opportunity to learn all about California sea lions and their history at PIER 39, as well as what everyone can do to help these charismatic mammals survive in their threatened habitat. The Sea Lion Center includes a classroom and exhibit space located directly above the sea lions' regular hangout on PIER 39's K-Dock. Hours of operation: Sunday through Thursday 10am–4pm Friday, Saturday 10am–5pm Please check website for early closure notifications.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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Roxanne M
Plano, TX416 contributions
Closed during our visit
May 2021
Great information and convenient to viewing the sea lions as they rested on the piers. Unfortunately, we could only peer through the doors since it was closed.
Written 17 July 2021
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Michele P
Fishers, IN184 contributions
Sea Lions were social distancing
Jul 2021
Sadly there were no sea lions out this weekend, not sure why. But it was nice to see where they normally hang out
Written 7 July 2021
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Suzette L
Dallas, Texas44 contributions
Anniversary Trip
Apr 2021
They were not very active when we visited. So not as entertaining as I expected, but a must see on your visit to Pier 39.
Written 19 May 2021
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Nate R
9 contributions
Sea Lions taste nasty.
Apr 2021
This all you can eat buffet was not very good. The food was all gross and undercooked and I was arrested quickly after taking my first bite. Would not recommend. Go eat at a Roundhouse Cafe instead. Better service and food.
Written 30 April 2021
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Jojobeany
Fort Lauderdale, FL38 contributions
If you love animals, come!
Jan 2020
We sat here and watched the Sea Lions for a good 30-45 minutes and enjoyed some ice cream. I loved watching them rest and interact with each other as the sun was setting.
Written 18 August 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA114,679 contributions
Always Fun to see the Sea Lions
Aug 2020
We love to see the various sea lions that live in California. For San Francisco, of course, seeing them and the center at Pier 39 is always a fun thing to do.
Written 17 August 2020
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Sonogal
Cozumel, Mexico1,017 contributions
They like getting some sun.
Oct 2019
At the Embarcadero near fishermans wharf, there are hundreds of Sea Lions sunning themselves. It is quite a nice site.
Written 2 May 2020
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hellnback2018
Melbourne, Australia82 contributions
An unexpected treat to see these animals play
Mar 2020
We actually stumbled across this place as we had walked from the jetty market to see the bridge, good fun to watch
Written 21 March 2020
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litmanen16
Dublin Ireland130 contributions
Lots of them
Oct 2019
We got here on the way back from Sausalito/ferry. We were tired from a long day but it was cool to stand there for 20mins and listen as much as look. Free!!
Written 20 March 2020
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CSMUSA
Modesto, CA38 contributions
This is a free must see
Jan 2020
This is one of my freebies and a must-see in San Francisco. It is very entertaining for the whole family and you will get a lot of laughs. Years ago now the SeaLyons started taking over the docks and there was no way to stop them so the boats had to go and a new attraction was born.
Written 11 March 2020
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Sea Lion Center is open:
  • Sun - Thu 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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