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Seattle Aquarium

1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)
206 386 4320
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Ranked #59 of 212 Attractions in Seattle
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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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Stopped here after our cruise ship docked and although I am not generally an aquarium person, this aquarium was top notch, great area of touch and feel for all ages. Very beautifully designed. And a nice rescue area for animals that have been injured. Great for the whole family!

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Beechgrove, Tennessee
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Compared to some of the huge aquariums we have visited elsewhere, the Seattle Aquarium is small, but small doesn't mean it's not worthwhile. Designed primarily as a research and teaching facility, it is both interactive and attractive. Visitors get up close and personal with the touch pools and the small underwater display tanks put you right up "nose to gills"... More

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SF Bay Area
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A really great small aquarium. If you go when they open, you'll see them feeding some of the seals. It was really fun and since they are not as many people, you can get closer to the exhibits and talk with the docents more. It's also a great location on the wharf.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This aquarium was a lot smaller than I was expecting. It was very crowded and quite expensive for what you get. We were here for well under an hour, so not a big time-killer. The exhibits are varied, lots of interesting sea life but also quite small. The areas with the seals and otters didn't seem to be big enough... More

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East Midlands
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The aquarium is worth a visit but its not very big, you only need a couple of hours at most. There are lots of children here but its to be expected from such a place. There are quite a few 'touch pools' which I liked and it was lovely to see the otters and seals playing. Not sure I would... More

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Broomfield, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

It was OK. The exhibits are great, but the place as a whole is small for the admission price. Also, don't go if you can't tolerate a lot of small children running around.

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Iowa
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31 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Fun place for the family, especially if the weather isn't great. Located on the bay, great exhibits and location. Staff was knowledgeable.

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Rogers, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was one of our favorite places to go. The displays were very good, and the guides at the exhibits were very knowledgeable and helpful to you. I have never been fond of aquariums but this was one of the best I have ever been to. There were so many creatures!! The way that they had them showcased was very... More

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Seattle Aquarium is an amazing facility that educates the public about both local and non-local sea life. I was very impressed by how well the exhibits were kept and how knowledgeable and friendly the staff was. A must see when in Seattle! Will be returning for sure!

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Pittsburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I loved visiting the aquarium and seeing all the unique fish and live coral. The proximity to the water was great and learning the history of Puget sound was interesting, too. Plus, I did not feel overwhelmed by the place which is important. It felt like intimate experience.

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