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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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A great experience center for the family

I took 3 of my children to the Aquarium. What a wonderful experience. The Aquarium is not super-large, but there are many displays to see. The touch-and-feel tidal pools with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Based on its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, I expected the Seattle Aquarium to have to better displays. Other than the giant Pacific octopus, the marine life on display is underwhelming.

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Laramie, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We hadn't originally planned to go here but we're so glad we did. The exhibits are entertaining and the building itself is beautiful. The otters were our favorite but the fish themselves are worth going for.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

well worth going to..we used the city pass to get in, just went right on up to the front....no wait.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a fun activity to do while in Seattle. My boys are 18 and 21. This would be very fun for younger children---particularly the area that you can touch all of the sea creatures.

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JBLM
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Although smaller than most aquariums it was clean and interesting. However, we would not go again because it was too expensive for a short experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took 3 of my children to the Aquarium. What a wonderful experience. The Aquarium is not super-large, but there are many displays to see. The touch-and-feel tidal pools with anemones and urchins and sea cucumbers (among other creatures) was wonderful. Well worth the time an admission fee.

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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our visit took place in the afternoon; there is lots of construction around, but we still found our way there. We walked right in, and started wandering around and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There was a wide variety of colorful fish and nice exhibits. The outside of the building is large, and I guess the only drawback was it was... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was expecting a spectacular aquarium, but only few demonstrations are worth it: The main entrance has a big fish demonstration, the octopus and the sea horses. You can visit all the aquarium in 30 minutes only

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As seasoned patrons of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we were initially very excited about visiting the Seattle Aquarium. By comparison, the exhibits are much smaller in scale and some animals didn't seem happy with their habitats. The children are always thrilled and showing them nature is primary. My guess is they could use some funding. Also they need to repair... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The volunteers and staff are very experienced. Before you go, check the website so you can take advantage of the special events that interest you (octopus feeding, seal feeding, etc.). The touch pools are great for kids and have starfish, anemones, urchins, and other critters. The sea otters are always fun to watch and are in a separate building.

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