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Sea Lion’s 28th Anniversary Celebration

Sea Lions showed up mysteriously at Pier 39 in 1990 and now they call SF home.
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Become sea lion savvy and learn more about California sea lions, marine life, and bay conservation during the annual “Sea Lion Encounter,” in celebration of the anniversary of their arrival to Pier 39.

Although the “anniversary” runs a whole month from January 1-28, 2018 the most special days are January 13-15 and January 20-21 when they offer free educational walking tours and free refreshments.

The boisterous barking pinnipeds began arriving in droves shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989. With a protected environment and plentiful supply of food from the Bay, the sea lions quickly decided to make Pier 39’s K-Dock their new home.

28th Sea Lions Arrival Anniversary
January 1-28, 2018  | 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Pier 39, San Francisco

Stop by the Sea Lion Center and enjoy programming every half hour from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm including:

  • Sea Lion Shenanigans
  • Party for the Planet Blue
  • What’s for Lunch?
  • Floatin’ with the Sea Lions of San Francisco

Sea Lion Encounter Free Guided Tours
January 13-15, 20-21, 2018 | Noon to 3 pm
– Free tours depart daily at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
Pier 39, San Francisco

Free Sea Lion Encounter walking tours depart daily at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm from the Sea Lion Statue, west of the Pier 39 Entrance Plaza.

Following the tours, enjoy a celebratory treat and special discounts at select merchants for tour participants.