The Seaside opened in 1937 and even contains a 'touch tank' where you can feel sea anemones and starfish. School children can do activities or take tours.
This place is a sad, miserable, filthy "tourist attraction" with NO PUBLIC RESTROOM! Nothing says kid friendly like leaving in the middle of a trip to walk down the promenade to use a disgusting, open all night, public bathroom. I feel like if you pay admission, you (or your young kids) should be able to go potty. NOT HERE! Read the other reviews, as I refused to pay, and after reading about the deplorable conditions in which these poor animals are kept, I'm glad we left.
We had a great time at the Seaside Aquarium. The highlights of our adventure were the shark tank tunnel, the octopus, the jellyfish, and petting the star fish. This was the best aquarium I have ever been to (ok I haven't been to many, but this one was the best)
I loved this place! My favorite place of all was the tunnel that goes through a tank, so you're basically UNDER the tank! It was beautiful, and it accommodated a large group of my family (over 25 members!) with no troubles! Lots of fun! Definitely a must do on your trip.
There are interactive displays to entertain children of all ages, especially the younger kids. They have quite a few areas for the littler kids to play and learn about the sea. There was also a cafe with an outdoor seating area that had some stone animals that the children are welcome to play on, and that was a huge hit.
Again, if you have young kids, either be prepared to carry them through quite a bit of it, or bring a stroller, because if you chose to do the entire aquarium on one day like we did, you will have some tired kids.
I'm afraid this is not one of Seaside's better family attractions. It is a very sad little aquarium and you will leave feeling sad for the sea lions trapped there in their tiny little living space. The poor things bark and splash for food all day long, some have obvious sores, it's just sad in my opinion. The kids of course enjoyed feeding them, but they did realize that it was not a great environment for the sealions. I think had they been older (8 & 10 now) they would not have enjoyed it as much as saw it through a different light. My tip, don't go.
This is one of my favorite aquariums. It isn't very big, but has some great stuff. The big attraction is of course their harbor seals, which you can feed.
According to their website the aquarium has one of the best captive breeding records for Harbor Seals in the world. Many of their seals are 3rd or 4th generation offspring.
The aquarium is basically one room full of wonderful sealife that is a representative of what lives in the Pacific Ocean. There is a touch tank and staff on hand to tell you everything you would want to know.
The aquarium is located right on the beach which makes it a perfect stop for a day at the beach. It is a great place and small enough that the kids will have a blast without getting bored.