Alaska SeaLife Center
Alaska SeaLife Center
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Aquariums
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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An education and research-focused aquarium offering underwater views of Alaskan marine animals.
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1-2 hours
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JCW703
Moscow, Russia2,630 contributions
This is a smaller aquarium in downtown Seward. It is well laid out, with plenty of exhibits and live animals to see. Our initial frustration was that the museums hours aren't conducive to visiting if you are going to Seward for the Fjord's cruise (since the museum closes at 6pm. I would recommend having it open later several nights a week or perhaps book private tours after hours for folks who go on the cruise during the day.
Written September 5, 2021
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fsdukejr
Federal Way, WA2,178 contributions
Good displays comparable to other aquariums. large marine mammal tank with steller sea lions was unusual. The outdoor seabird exhibit showed off birds from the area that I have seldom seen like tufted puffins. To accommodate the pandemic, the museum has routed everyone in a single direction. Some exhibits are closed because they involved touching and encouraged crowding. Everyone was wearing a mask as requested. A lot of the exhibits and the building itself is a bit threadbare and needs some updating and maintenance. The men's bathroom was poorly maintained. Great activity on a rainy day but more expensive than many similar exhibits.
Written May 29, 2021
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Matt S
Humble, TX511 contributions
We visited the sea life center on one of our "down days" at Seward. I would recommend especially if you have a rainy day to spend in the area. Probably 2-3 hours worth of time is enough.
They have a great setup to feature the local habitat and sea life that inhabits
It supports the wildlife - so i cant knock it too much but be prepared for ~$30 for an adult day pass.
Up close to see puffins and fish and sea lions and seals and salmon...plus many others
Written July 19, 2022
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Daniel M
61 contributions
Couples
We were super excited to check this place out after learning a lot about what they do via documentaries and reading. In the end the experience is of an overpriced small aquarium with lots of screaming children. All of the mammals and birds there obviously can be seen for free in the wild.
I think it’s very important that people go and support the place through ticket sales but the experience is definitely more fitting for young children.
Adults who are eager for information and a taste of wildlife rescue and conservation will not find it here unless they are on the inside.
Written September 8, 2022
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Geraldine V
38 contributions
Couples
They have nice displays and a few animals but it is very small and quite expensive for what it is. $34 for a bunch of kids displays and a few sea lions that you see in 30 mins. The Anchorage museum is less expensive and have much more to see. I love to explore museums everywhere I go and I was a little bit dissapointed with this one. If you don't have kids, you would find it a little bit boring. The only cool thing was the tank with the starfish.
Written July 20, 2022
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E R
Minneapolis, MN43 contributions
I would avoid the Alaska SeaLife Center. It cost our group of 4 over $130 to attend and all we saw were a few seals, sea lions, and the typical aquarium type of stuff (star fish, fish, birds, an octopus) that you can see in practically any state that has an aquarium. We saw the whole thing in about an hour and it just wasn't worth the price paid. I would guess the high prices are driven by the cruise ships that come in and offer a visit as an on-shore excursion, but it definitely is not worth what they charge.
Written August 27, 2022
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kjrigoulot
Cleburne, TX22 contributions
Family
Reservations are required but we went mid week so we didn’t have a problem getting in. Masks are required for your visit. The aviary was our favorite and the staff were very informative. There aren’t too many “big animals” to see. The birds and ducks in the aviary, then a few seals and a few sea lions (their tank was being cleaned when we were there). There are quite a few tanks with smaller fish and sea creatures as well as a touch tank. It was clean and the staff were helpful. I gave it the average rating because of the cost. Our family of 5 cost $150 which is pretty pricey for the hour and a half it took us to get through the center. We would probably not go back if we visit Seward again.
Written May 29, 2021
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Michelle
Boston, MA10 contributions
Friends
As others have mentioned, expensive for what it is, BUT the admission fees do support a very admirable cause. We also got there a bit late in the day, around 5:30pm so most of the animal activity/exhibits had quieted down. Saw some really cool creatures including an octopus, dipped hands into an ice-cold hands-on tank with sea anemones, starfish, and sea urchins.

The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly, and will gladly answer questions about the animals.
Written July 29, 2022
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Gouri P
Irving, TX6 contributions
I expected at least some of Alaska marine wildlife to be here which is sadly not the case. Didnt expect for animals to be put in confinement but some more reference or some info graphics could have been there. Felt little old. Only few of main ones like seals and puffins were present. Its small and good for very young kids. Tidepools are nice and staff is very good and friendly.
Loved reference to water pollution and project done by kids is amazing and must see! It was octopus created with stuff collected from ocean which is unbelievable and really makes you think.
Good if we have to kill 1-2 hours somehow. Felt bit pricey at $30 each adult and $18 for child.
Written July 14, 2021
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Bruce A
Washington DC, DC811 contributions
This is a pretty small aquarium with a very hefty admission fee. The highlight of the aquarium is the room with all of the sea birds (including both horned and tufted puffins), where the birds have free flight. This was an excellent opportunity to photograph colorful water bird species that I did not manage to see in the wild. The other star attraction is the Stellar's Sea Lion, which was playful and active while we were here. There are also touch tanks where you can pet crabs, starfish and other small critters.

Overall, though, we walked out of here surprised at how small it was and feeling that we did not get our money's worth.
Written June 15, 2021
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