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Seattle Aquarium

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Address: 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone Number: +1 206-386-4300
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in...

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.

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Normally not a fan of aquariums but this one was good

I wouldn't usually go to an aquarium as I don't like the concept of animals in captivity, especially when they're trained to put on shows. But this aquarium is much more oriented... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jasreet B

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37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I wouldn't usually go to an aquarium as I don't like the concept of animals in captivity, especially when they're trained to put on shows. But this aquarium is much more oriented towards public teaching, research, and animal-oriented. They do not have any trained animals. I saw a cool octopus, and heard that they release it back into the wild... More 

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Thank Jasreet B
Miramichi, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am an aquatic biologist and love anything and everything to do with freshwater and marine life. Any city I've visited I try and check out the aquarium if they have one. This one was pretty small and didn't have a lot of exhibits (compared to some that I've seen), but everyone there seemed to be having a good time... More 

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Thank EffieLuna29
Seattle
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137 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Much like other fine aquariums (San Francisco, Sydney, Baltimore...), the Seattle Aquarium offers remarkable marine exhibits.

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Thank AboveEarth
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed my short visit, as it is a bit small. The touch tanks had great variety, including anemones, starfish, sea cucumbers. Knowledgeable staff. I also liked going outside to the otters, seals and sea lions - very fun to watch the otters. Great for younger children.

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Thank sail29er
Edmonds, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lots to see for the kids and lots of fun touching creatures. Kids always have a blast parents be prepared it's a lot of walking.

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Thank Kidcurry3
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited with two teens and found that the aquarium was geared more toward young children. My tween LOVED the touch pools filled with sea stars and other sea creatures. We enjoyed the location and the time spent walking outside. The aquarium is not very large so do not expect to spend too much time here. The aquarium does a... More 

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Thank Beachlover2888
Layton
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This aquarium was a bit smaller than I expected, but I really enjoyed it. It was fun to see the octopus up close as I have not had that experience before. Lots of beautiful sea creatres.

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Thank pjdUtah
Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to take kids, and well worth it, but not world class in size, but interesting and fun nevertheless.

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Thank Danny C
Croton-on Hudson, New York, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This feels like a 'small town' effort for an aquarium. The exhibits are somewhat repetitive, and for the most part not particularly impressive. There is a smallish area for touching some sea creatures. Little kids probably like it more than older ones. Admission for adult was over $20.

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Thank Winnie052010
Austin,tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great for kids. They let you touch just about all the animals. What we found most interesting is that most of the aquarium exhibits local animals, using the water from the bay. Highly recommend this!

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