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“Fun for the Whole Family” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)
206 386 4320
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Ranked #48 of 178 Attractions in Seattle
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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 discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you! Join us in our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.
New York, New York, United States
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“Fun for the Whole Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I was in Seattle over the summer on the front end of an Alaskan Cruise (so awesome) and spent a marvelous few hours at the Seattle Aquarium, which is right on the waterfront. The last time I was at the Seattle Aquarium, the Internet was not even a thing yet, so it was fun to see that they have made so many changes and improvements to the facility. With an emphasis on education, the Aquarium is dedicated to preserving local marine life and they have integrated many green practices into their daily operations, so it is not only a beautiful and fun place to visit, but an organization that you can feel good about supporting.

On the main floor of the Aquarium you will find many Tide Pools and Touch Pools, which are fun for kids because they can see the animals up close and even touch them. There are a few pools with large collections of anemones and brightly colored red and green Sea Stars, some with too many arms to even count.

My favorite feature of the main exhibit area is the archway-shaped Moon Jellies Illuminated tank of Sea Jellies (Jellyfish), in which the jellies appear to transition color as the recessed tank lighting runs the full colors of the spectrum. I would like to have this in my house.

The Aquarium is home to a giant Octopus who likes to hide in his tank so he is a bit hard to see. They can squish themselves up into fairly small spaces, apparently. Several times a day you can watch them feed the Octopus, and that is really cool. If you see a scheduled feeding time listed, be sure to get yourself close to the tank about 15 minutes before the show starts, otherwise you will miss all the action. Did you know that the life expectancy of the average Octopus is only one to four years? I did not know that.

I am attaching a photo I took of some intriguing creatures called Sea Pens, for their resemblance to the old fashioned, plumed writing instruments. Sea Pens can be found in the Ocean Oddities section of the Aquarium.

Like any aquarium that is worth its salt (water), The Seattle Aquarium has a separate, outdoors habitat area that houses aquatic mammals including River Otters, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Northern Fur Seals and various types of Aquatic Birds, which affords a very complete experience for all visitors. There are several cute little Sea Otters, and the staff can tell you all about them including their names and ages and how they came to have a home at the Aquarium. I was so charmed by one Otter, who was floating leisurely on his back while playing with a plastic bowl and an empty water jug. Adorable.

Another added bonus of visiting the Aquarium is that is it so close to The Great Wheel Ferris Wheel, also located on the pier, so you can head over there for a spin in the sky and lovely views of the Puget Sound after your visit with the fish.

Visited July 2013
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“what a great aquarium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

My daughter loved it there. Kept running from exhibit to exhibit... Very clean and organized. Definitely worth the visit. Make sure to see the octopus and the seals...

Visited August 2013
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“wonderful for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

they have tanks where the kids can touch the sea creatures, if your on time clock and want to do somethind fun for the kids, it doesnt take long to go through the place. it is pricey, so be prepared, I think you can get discount tickets through the pass system they have for other attractions. kids will like it, the younger the better.

Visited October 2012
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“Pricey but worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

The otters, seals and puffets were awesome to see! I didnt catch any cool shows though which might have made the experience even better.

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“Lots of fun, but a little small”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

My husband and I visited using the Seattle CityPass. We thoroughly enjoyed the aquarium. The sea otters were by far our favorite thing. Try to get there when they're feeding them because it's so much fun to watch. We also got to watch them feed the octopus, but it wasn't being particularly active. The exhibits are all great, but it's a fairly small place. We were done in about an hour and thought it could have been a little larger. If you have the CityPass, it's well worth the trip. If you don't have the CityPass, I don't know if it's worth it.

Visited September 2013
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