Sea Lion Center

4.6341 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: Pier 39, Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-4152624734
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Aquarium, Family And Kids, Water Sport

The Pier 39 sees quite a great number of seals. The Aquarium of the Bay, which manages the centre, built it to overlook the largest gathering point of the seals at the Pier 39 K-Dock. This place wasn’t always the seal’s home. It was only after the relatively recent LomaPrieta earthquake in January 1990 that they all mysteriously turned up. The playful animals have been charming audiences ever since.

At the centre, you’ll also find interactive exhibits on the seals, be able to touch an actual seal pelt, and compare their own sizes to that of a sea lion.

How to Reach Sea Lion Center

  • Streetcar E and F stop The Embarcadero & Greenwich St
  • Bus 39 stop Powell St & Beach St
  • Buses 2, 4, 8, 8BX, 18, 24, 27, 38, 39, 44, 54, 58, 72, 74, 76 stop North Point St & Stockton St

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  • Sea Lion Center Address: Pier 39, Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
  • Sea Lion Center Contact Number: +1-4152624734
  • Sea Lion Center Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Sea Lion Center: 00:30 Mins
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  • 1.65% of people who visit San Francisco include Sea Lion Center in their plan

  • 20% of people start their Sea Lion Center visit around 8 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Sea Lion Center

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

60% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sea Lion Center

People normally club together Twin Peaks and 16th Avenue Tiled Steps while planning their visit to Sea Lion Center.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Sea Lion Center Reviews & Ratings

  • This pier (39) is probably the highlight of all North Beach, embarcadero and Fisherman's wharf. The sea lions are cute and so entertaining. It's so fun to see them being silly or pushing each other into the water. Best thing is that it's totally free to watch these amazing animals.

  • Can't say enough about how fun it is to enjoy watching the sea lions here! These are truly "in the wild" sea lions, not in captivity, which makes you feel ethical about watching them sun bathe and enjoy the beautiful weather on Pier 39.

  • It's an escape from the chaos. So fun to watch these ocean animals play, fall in the water and communicate with each other. Fun to watch for 20 to 40 mins. It's a real escape.

  • Exactly what it says on the tin. A place where you can see sea lions. Definitely worth a visit and a great place to spend some time watching them getting all upset with one another. As you'd expect, it's a busy area and you might have to wait to get a really good viewing spot!

  • The center is on the second floor. There are a few activities your children can enjoy. they have live presentations and experts answering questions. Definitely a nice stop where you are visiting and the children will enjoy it.

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