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Alaska SeaLife Center

301 Railway Avenue, P.O. Box 1329, Seward, AK 99664
(907) 224-6300
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Ranked #4 of 12 attractions in Seward
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Leisure education, Viewing wildlife, Antiquing
Traveler Description: Built in 1997 mainly by funds from Exxon Valdez oil spill fines, the Alaska SeaLife Center is a not-for-profit working towards public education... more »
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Anamosa, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Charming Aquarium and animal rescue center This place functions as an aquarium and a sea animal rescue center. This is a great place for kids and adults alike. It is not as big as some of the aquariums in the lover 48 but it is centered on local Alaskan fish and aquatic wildlife. The live bird enclosure is quite good... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Not that big. Lots of broken exhibits. A few bright spots. Great alternative to a fjord cruise but not both. Kids enjoyed about 15 then wanted go on. We've been to other aquatic facilities & this didn't compare.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We reserved a behind the scenes mammal experience several months in advance. It was pretty pricey, but from what we were told, we would have time with the harbor seals and other animals in the research and training center. We thought it would be worth the cost though, so we paid and reserved the "experience". What an experience it was... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It seems kind of high priced until you see what is going on inside. The emphasis on sea life unique to Alaska is very interesting. The well done exhibits cover everything from the smallest bottom creature to birds. We spent far more time that we'd expected enjoying this place. It is open later, at least this summer, than published in... More

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Our family visited the Sealife center on our way out of Seward and it was so much fun. Lots of interesting fish and crustaceans we've never seen before, and of course, the showstoppers, seals, sea lions and otters! We could have watched these guys for hours. The sea lions were very curious and loved cruising by in the water as... More

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North Olmsted, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The captain of our day cruise recommended that we visit. I cannot say that it was bad. It was interesting. But it was expensive for what you get to see and experience.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My husband and I checked out this place while it was raining outside. Don't go in thinking it's a large aquarium, and you won't be disappointed. It did have fewer animals and fish than I thought it would, but what was there was nice to see and learn about. Our favorites were the sea lions and seals. I thought it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The Sea Life Center is a wonderful combo aquarium + science center. Very accessible and can be done in 1-2 hours, well worth the time. Great for kids. TIP: "Behind the scenes" tour is not really worth the extra $ unless you would like to donate more to a worthy cause.

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9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Spent 4 hours seeing up close what we had seen the day before on our boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park. What a wonderful facility. Good research being done there.

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Anchorage, Alaska
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

i may have just been spoiled from seaworld in orlando. i was hoping to see more fish tanks. it was mostly just educational plaques and some specimen tanks, and seals/sea lions and birds. some stuff was fun but i didn't feel it was worth the drive from anchorage

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