Seattle Aquarium, Seattle, Washington
1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, Washington 98101| Map |
The Seattle Aquarium is located on Pier 59 on the Elliott Bay waterfront. Its attractions include large exhibit pools with touch zones and Window on Washington Waters, which replicates the coastal waters of Washington state and is home to native marine life including salmon, rockfish and sea anemones. During dive shows, which take place several times each day, divers wearing special masks converse with the visitors.
Jamie Howard and 2 other parents have been here
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Family Trips that include Seattle AquariumView All
Recent User ReviewsView All
Not my favorite AquariumFlag review
HAve spent half my life living in the Seattle area and when this aquarium was all I knew it was one thing . . . as I have visited others with much lower budgets and in much smaller cities, I have decided that really the Seattle Aquarium could be a lot better. Recent remodeling has made the physical buildings for people nice, filled with cool modern architecture, etc . . . but the exhibits lack a lot for me. Also no big draw here. A nice little aquarium, but not what you are thinking you will receive in a great city like Seattle! The touch tank area that you come into upon entering is great for kids and is always a fav of mine at any age. Walking under a glass arch that has jelly fish is lots of fun to look at and the glass enclosure for a large octopus is also lots of fun! Then you enter a series of small dark aquarium tank rooms that sure have lovely small and medium fish, but the exhibits have no pizzaz. For years my kids favorite fish on the yearly visit when in town seeing grandma, was the Nemo or Dory fish . . . come on, I could do that in a home tank! Then you head outside to the more native to Washington area. Some ducks, birds, marsh land kind of stuff. Like the trout. A outdoor space with some funny otters (better otter viewing at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle), some seals and sea lions. The enclosures are small, hard to see and don't seem all that fun for the animals. The best viewing is the small underwater quarters. For us it is about a 2 hour visit and the kids are bored. Thank goodness grandma has a pass otherwise our family would take a pass . . .
Tips for Families
Lots of fun to hit the piers around the aquarium for the wonderful seafood restaurants that line each pier. You can't go wrong really anywhere. Close walk to public market. Parking is often hard to find. We often park in Myrtle Edwards park and take the trolly or walk to the aquarium. Sometimes you get lucky and find a metered space under highway 99.
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly accommodations
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly restaurants
My Kid's Review
Was this review helpful to you?Yes
Living in San Diego and having to experienced the Sea World there made me expected a lot more from aquariums, but I guess this is just a standard aquarium. There really isn't that much to look at! my boyfriend and I finished viewing the whole exhibit in about h...
We went to check this place out because we had half off admission tickets and we both enjoy marine life/Aquariums etc. Coming from living on the east coast which has many aquariums, we were trying to lower our expectations. To be honest if we had paid full price we would have been sorely disappointed. The animal...
Went to a corporate private party here that was a lot of fun. They leave the entire aquarium open to wander, which surprised me, and made the whole thing really cool. Nothing says entertainment like drunken fish-gazing! I hadn't been here since I was a kid. The Imax-like giant fish tanks seemed much more giant when I was four feet tall, but were still pretty neat. And the otters and seals were just as cute as I remember. As for party food: the crab cakes were really outstanding, and the scallops wrapped in bacon were great too. Some of the other apps weren't as great. The pasta bar was disappointingly bland. (Glad I filled up on those crab cakes.) The donut-dipping bar, however, was quite fun. The venue was ...
I highly recommend coming here early during the day as there are a lot more volunteers earlier than there are during the late afternoon. The volunteers are sooo helpful and have a wealth of knowledge to share! Great exhibits, you can touch some of the starfish and other sea creatures. I also found they pump in the water from right outside so the water is extremely cold because that's the same temperature as outside water. Highly recommend watching the Octopus feeding! Super entertaining to watch! Great for both kids and adults a like. And makes for fabulous field trips & outings! Make sure to enjoy the waterfront before or after. During the summer it's beautiful to walk around outside or grab an ice cre...