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Seattle Aquarium

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Address: 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA 98101-2015
Phone Number:
+1 206-386-4300
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

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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Very cute, small aquarium...good for small children

We went to this attraction because it was part of our CityPass. It is a small aquarium with all local sea creatures. Jellyfish, octupus, sea otters, harbor seals, and a few... read more

Reviewed June 6, 2016
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Reviewed June 6, 2016

We went to this attraction because it was part of our CityPass. It is a small aquarium with all local sea creatures. Jellyfish, octupus, sea otters, harbor seals, and a few hundred types of fish. They had a touch tank where you could touch different types of sea creatures...not my thing, but perfect for little inquisitive ones!! The HUGE fish... More 

Thank Sarah Mickey S
Othello, Washington
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Reviewed June 6, 2016

We have been here twice and love the displays. Children can discover and touch creatures in a tide pool and learn about them.

Thank Brandi G
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2016

Its small and not worth the money. We thought it would be cool as its on the water. The octopus was the only thing worth seeing. I would pass unless you have a BOGO for entrance. It only took us just under an hour to see everything.

Thank NJZ22
Bowie, Maryland
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Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

This was a kind of small aquarium, but the things they had in the touch ponds were awesome. I'm from the east coast, so I had never seen half the vibrant creatures here before, much less touched them. Also the sea lion feeding was really fun to watch.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2016

This aquarium is more or less the same as all aquariums. You expect big and small fish and creatures of different species in large and small tanks. This aquarium has all that, BUT also a good variety of other sea/water animals at display. It is always amazing to see the different and beautiful creatures that live in the sea. If... More 

Thank ron k
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed also to see the largest octopus in captivity was very interesting in how they feed. I would recommend this everyone. It's place that is amazing with animals in captivity. They even have hand on touching of corals.

Thank Ola L
Arena, Wisconsin
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Reviewed June 4, 2016

DOV: 6/4/2016 We beat the crowds and arrived shortly after opening, and while we didn't have the aquarium all to ourselves, the number of visitors wasn't so large that we had to move on in disappointment for not seeing displays. We also got to watch the sea otters, who appeared to be rather fat and happy, being fed. Sadly, we... More 

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Geneseo, Illinois
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Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

This place was different than most aquariums because of how much you could interact. The jelly fish ring was cool.

Thank MacKenzie G
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Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

I am from the Chicago area and have visited the Shedd Aquarium plenty of times. I have also seen bigger and better aquariums in other cities. This is a very small aquarium and I would definitely not recommend it. There is nothing extraordinary over here. Skip it and do something else.

Thank Monal S
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
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Reviewed June 3, 2016

The 4th stop on my visit to Seattle was the Seattle Aquarium. This also is included in the City Pass book if you purchase it. Not even thinking what day it was we were met with school buses and school children all about the time of 12pm. Just in time for lunch. As we made our way past the first... More 

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