Encounter stunning views of the spectacular underwater ecosystems in our very own backyard, from kelp forests filled with vivid Garibaldi fish to rocky reefs blanketed in vibrant pink anemones and colorful corals.

California Coast invites visitors to explore the astounding richness of our own coastal waters. Be dazzled by an enormous window revealing the underwater haunts of eels, anemones, rockfish and take in a series of smaller jewel tanks highlighting some of the area’s most fascinating residents.


Closeup photo of gray rockfish in California Coast exhibit

Northern California coast

This 100,000-gallon tank replicates habitats of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, from quiet salt marshes to turbulent rocky inlets. Stroll the surface walkway to smell the seawater and witness the filling and draining of tide pools, then head below to see what lives in the sanctuary's strong, nutrient-rich ocean currents.

Vibrant, vivid red, orange, pink, and white anemones and coral in California Coast exhibit

Rocky reefs

Our latest addition to the California Coast exhibit is an astoundingly colorful, 2,000-gallon tank filled with vibrant brittle stars, painted greenlings, and rosy rockfish, giving visitors a glimpse into the vast array of fish and invertebrates that thrive in California’s National Marine Sanctuaries.

Masked female guest comes face to face with a curious orange rockfish in California Coast exhibit

Get involved

At the Tidepool Explorer station, visitors can experience what it's like to participate in community science—and learn more about how to protect California's vibrant and vital coastal ecosystems.

Moray eel swims amid swaying kelp and colorful fish in California Coast exhibit

And so much more

Don’t miss our giant Pacific octopus, halibut, and the Southern California Kelp Forest, housing colorful Garibaldis and other fish that glide through strands of giant kelp.