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Seattle Aquarium

  • 1483 Alaskan Way Map It
  • Zoo/Aquarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 08/27/2013

Fodor's Review

Located right at the water's edge, the Seattle Aquarium is one of the nation's premier aquariums. Among its most engaging residents are the sea otters—kids, especially, seem able to spend hours watching the delightful antics of these creatures and their river cousins. In the Puget Sound Great Hall, "Window on Washington Waters," a slice of Neah Bay life, is presented in a 20-foot-tall tank holding 120,000 gallons of water. The aquarium's darkened rooms and large, lighted

tanks brilliantly display Pacific Northwest marine life. The "Life on the Edge" tide pools re-create Washington's rocky coast and sandy beaches. Huge glass windows provide underwater views of the renovated harbor seal exhibit; go up top to watch them play in their pools. Kids love the Discovery Lab, where they can touch starfish, sea urchins, and sponges. If you're visiting in fall or winter, dress warmly—the Marine Mammal area is outside on the waterfront and catches all of those chilly Puget Sound breezes. The café serves Ivar's chowder and kid-friendly food like burgers and chicken fingers; the balcony has views of Elliott Bay.

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Sight Information

Address:

1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, Washington, 98101, United States

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Phone:

206-386–4300

Sight Details:

  • $19.95; children 4–12, $13.95
  • Daily 9:30–6 (last entry at 5 pm)

Updated 08/27/2013

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Jun 22, 2009

Great Aquarium

Anyone interested or curious about ocean life should definitely check out this aquarium, both kids and adults alike. Lots of interaction with sea life, and a huge aquarium as you enter with scuba divers in the water to give an interesting view on aquatic life. Many interesting exhibits, I enjoyed it very much.

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