Located on the waterfront, next to the Omnidome, this aquarium features exotic fishes, sea mammals, and other ocean life. See ... More
Located on the waterfront, next to the Omnidome, this aquarium features exotic fishes, sea mammals, and other ocean life. See the sea lions, harbor seals, incredibly cute sea otters, and even come face-to-face with a shark. New exhibits are added often along with, special events and outings.
From the moment you walk in, you want to run to something and press up your face to the glass like a little kid. There's something you can spend hours staring at right upon entrance. The crowds and kids might be a little harsh but they arent something they can control and I'm positive you'll find the same crowd (and price) over at Woodland Park Zoo. The aquarium enrich their marine mammals, instead of making them to flashy tricks and specticals just for your brief amusement and the people there are nice and always try their best to answer your questions. Barney is amazing for an old man seal. Sekiu is still adorable even though shes almost all grown up. Their the first aquarium to ever have a second generation sea otter born in captivity. The Giant Pacific Octopus are gigantic and amazing to watch. Wadaah and Skagway have made me a river otter person. The scenery is amazing, especially off the Harbor Seal dock. Have you seen the colorful corals in the Pacific Coral Reef exibit? You look into that exibit alone and tell me they dont have enough types of fish. They actually do have sharks too, they're Spiny Dogfish in the Dome and although a little small their still sharks. They're also doing amazing research on the Six-gill Shark. The baby Cuddlefish in Ocean Oddities are just adorable and you can definitly find nemo a couple steps away. I really dont think this place is just for kids. There's a wedding every other night along with, a little bit away from PCR and Ocean Oddities, you'll find a few nice girls face painting for free. They have an amazing volenteer program, that I wish I found out about when I was a teen, giving teens a chance to learn about marine biology in a fun enviroment.
My words can't even describe how it actually is, you have to see it for yourself. It's such a nice place and I'm really glad I got to go there an experience it all. This aqaurium is above average and very special. Please trust me when I say, it's well worth your time.
It was too expensive for what you get. If not for the seals and otters, the touch pools, and the (crowded) underwater dome I would give it two stars. The seals are the best part, we spent as much time inside as we did watching "Barney." We have been to lots of aquariums, Dallas and Denver, and this really is near the bottom. It's not flashy, seaworld-like the Denver. And not as diverse as the Dallas. The Tulsa, OK aquarium was better, cheaper and way less crowded.
I have lived in the Seattle area about 14 years, and I do like the place. I would definetly suggest going on a week day if you can because of small children. It is more of a little kids attraction, but I would go again. It is not for everyone though. If you hate educational stuff, then go to a bar or something, not this. :)
No Sharks, Only 1 large Aquarium. The only good thing is the otters. The seals are in a pool behind a chain link fence. Kinda felt sorry for them. The only positive thing about this aquarium is the touch pools
So this isn't your average aquarium, first of all there isn't much variety in marine life at this aquarium; the one thing they have the most of is varieties of fish. They do have animals like seat otters, seals, octopus's, 1 species of jelly fish, some birds, and seahorses but that's about it.
It only takes about 30mins to get through this place assuming you work your way through the crowd, which by the way is like being at a daycare because people just go in there and let their kids run all over the place while they stand socializing with friends and not watching their kids being rude to the other guests.
You also have to pay for parking across the street, where local teenagers are walking around staring into different car windows to see whats in them. It's on a dock, and appearance wise you expect it to be a lot bigger and have a lot more on the inside especially considering the price ON TOP of what you pay for parking. This was a great let down, waste of money, and the worst aquarium I've been to on the west coast (california, oregon, washington).
Don't go here, the zoo however in seattle is a good one, so instead save your money and go to it, it's only a few miles away.
This aquarium is nice , its fun to stroll around and see amazing fish that looked happy. there is an area for kids to learn, play in the tidepool, etc which is nice for families. there is a tropical exhibit, and hawaii exhibit too. then in the next buidling there are seals, sea lions, otters, local fish & birds. it was nice, but look for coupons in some of the tour books to save yourself some $$.
I went to Seattle knowing what I wanted to see. The Seattle Aquarium was one of the top things on my list. I went with a friend who was from the area and hadn't been since he was a kid. My hotel had a booklet that had a coupon that got a free ticket with one paid admission so he got in free. There are deals out there, you just have to look for them. It is a very good aquarium, they have tide pools where touching the exhibit is encouraged. Pictures are also encouraged and you can even use flash if needed. They have a dome room where the tank is filled with all kinds of fish. Lots of them are from Puget Sound. I think that feeding time was 1:30 and the divers talk to you from inside. The otter and sea lion exhibits are also must see!
A very expensive version of a tiny zoo. I understand Washington is special with our species of sea life and vegitation, but we are also interested in OTHER sea life as well. It was so expensive for such a small walk around. Thankfully the piers gave us something to do for the rest of the day, because this aquarium didn't put out.
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