SEA LION CENTER
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.