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Seattle Aquarium

1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)
206 386 4320
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Ranked #52 of 206 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to... more » Owner description: The heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you! Join us in our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. « less
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Highlights are the sea otters (especially at feeding time), seals, and the giant pacific octopus. This aquarium seems great for small kids, but my teenagers enjoyed it too.

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Fresno, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is a great aquarium (we saved a little with Groupon) - loved the Octopus exhibit, jellyfish ring, sea otters, scuba diver feeding session (the eels even came out) and all the other amazing aquatic creatures and exhibits! Not well advertised from Pike's Place though... we took Bubble Gum alley and several staircases to get there by foot.

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North Bend, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Like most things, this experience will greatly depend upon what you hope to get out of your time spent. If you're looking for a place that will entertain the little ones for a few hours, you'll not be disappointed. Between the otters, seals, and tide pools, there are enough cool things to merit a visit. However, if you're looking for... More

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Sacramento, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

At first glance, this facility seems very small, but the hallway branches outside for larger tanks as well as room for showcasing birds, otters, and seals that can be viewed fairly easily around the entire enclosure, which is ideal when it's busy and everyone is gathering around. The fee was pretty steep for an aquarium at $22, but there are... More

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Markham, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

You are not going to find sharks, large turtles, sting rays and other large creatures, but sea- otters were the big hit for me. They also have a pretty large octopus, so all in all, an excellent place to spend 2-3h in Seattle

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Stanwood, Washington
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Took our granddaughter today, and the aquarium wasn't much improved since we took her brother 17 years ago. Same old tanks for the otters and seals, a few sorry looking birds with dreary habitat. The inside tanks and hands on were okay. It was very expensive for what was there. If the city wants to do something for the folks,... More

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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We had a great time at the Aquarium. It was a little over priced in my opinion. But we found a buy one get one free coupon in a local map so that made it worth it. The otter and seal exhibits were my favorite. We loved the tide pools and the jelly fish as well. When we went it... More

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Bay Area, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I loved this aquarium. It was a little crowded, so go early. The weather was nice when we went, so the outside attractions were a plus!

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Ames, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Seattle Aquarium turned myself and my boyfriend into children again. The first thing when you enter the museum is a tide pool where you can touch things like starfish, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins. We were so excited to get such a hands on experience. Next we got to see all of the fish we recognized from Finding... More

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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The otters are great, I highly recommend visiting around feeding time. There are many exhibits with some of them being hands on. Traveling solo, you can experience most of this attraction in 1.5 hours or less.

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