Where San Francisco - - The Guide -

The sea lions that hang out at the docks by Pier 39 have be­come a world-fa­mous tourist at­trac­tion, get­ting millions of visi­tors each year. Now sight­seers have the chance to not only see (and hear and smell) the 650 gi­ant mam­mals, which started ap­pear­ing at the pier out of the blue about 25 years ago, but also learn about the crea­tures at the Sea Lion Cen­ter, op­er­ated by the nearby con­ser­va­tion-fo­cused Aquar­ium by the Bay. Lo­cated above the dock and staffed by nat­u­ral­ists who give free pre­sen­ta­tions, this ed­u­ca­tional hub fea­tures a class­room and an in­ter­ac­tive

ex­hibit space with a sea lion skele­ton, a great white shark replica and in­for­ma­tive films. Em­bar­cadero at Beach St., 415.262.4734.

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