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Seattle Aquarium

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

Updated 10/31/2014

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—kids can touch the starfish, sea urchins, and sponges. Huge glass windows provide underwater views of the harbor seal exhibit; go up top to watch them play in their pools. 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.

Sight Information


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

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Sight Details:

  • $21.95; children 4–12 $14.95
  • Daily 9:30–6 (last entry at 5 pm)

Updated 10/31/2014


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