Seattle Aquarium has so much to fascinate kids and adults of any age. Stand within a circle of glowing jellyfish. Run your fingers along a sea anemone’s soft tentacles. Delight in the antics of the sea otters. The underwater dome is truly spectacular!
Call for fish feeding times!!
The Seattle Aquarium is absolutely a fantastic place to visit for the whole family. The sea-life you find there is incredible, and you learn so much! the kids will love looking at all the fish and other wild-life, as well as learning more about them. I don't know if they still have it, but they used to have a mini submarine that would take you into the water to see a real large octopus. So fun!
On a recent trip to Seattle we decided to head to the Aquarium as it was part of our City Pass booklet we bought. We hadn't been there in years and we had such a lovely visit!
We started off with their morning presentation at the large tank you see as you walk in. Divers are in the tank feeding fish and doing a presentation on what you are seeing as well as answering questions from the audience.
The touch pools were really great although when asking questions the volunteers didn't always have answers which was a little disappointing, but we enjoyed the activity. We especially loved the sea slug and getting to know more about them.
The other fish tanks hold fish from all over the world and the rainbow of color you see is always amazing.
Our favorite thing to see are the otters. They are so playful and fun and we learned this trip that one of them was born in our own Oregon Zoo and was sent up to Seattle. We got to see the many birds and other sea life here.
This is a great activity, but doesn't take long to see everything, so you might want to pair it with a trip to Pike Place or to explore other parts of the waterfront here.
This is more of a regional pacific northwest aquarium than one that is sensational or full of animal shows. My kids love the tube worms in the touch pool and like watching the octopus who can get pretty active. If you have young kids their toddler time and critter discovery programs are really awesome and you might want to time your visit to take advantage of these classes. http://www.seattleaquarium.org/camps-family-programs The cafe upstairs has decent food and coffee and a really nice view of the Seattle waterfront. My guys really like watching the interactive scuba diving session in the big glass aquarium in the entrance.
I came here a few years back as a kid. It was one of the first aquariums I ever went to and I really loved it.
The aquarium can be very busy, so be sure to bring snacks to keep the little ones busy.
Tip: Use the Seattle CityPASS to save money on this and other activities!
This is not the biggest aquarium we have been to but it certainly held my toddler's attention for an entire morning and he would have stayed longer if not for nap time. Don't miss the tide pools. Let your little one camp out for a bit and discover starfish and sea anemones. The otters are a definitely must as well. These cute little creatures will capture your heart and keep you coming back for another trip.
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I visited the Seattle Aquarium 3 times in the past decade since moving to the Seattle area. The Boeing Company's sponsorship helped improve the foyer area but the rest of the aquarium could be renovated. I would agree with some of the other reviewers that once you've experienced nicer than it's hard to feel wowed by this place. (surprised to see all the 5 star reviews) Prior to the Seattle Aquarium visit, I visited the Baltimore Aquarium in MD, Camden Aquarium in NJ, Shaw Discovery Aquarium in BC, Seaworld in FL, and many more... so in comparision this aquarium is just mediocre. I also agree that this aquarium is pricey for the experience. Some of the exhibits are not easliy accessible during busy times, it's cramped and dark in some areas. (poorly designed) During our last visit, we spent more time looking for a parking space and waiting in line to get in than we did in the aquarium.
We love the Seattle Aquarium. We never go to Seattle without at least one visit. The first thing you see when you get in there is the huge tank that has animals from the Puget Sounds. My children can spend the whole day just watching the fish and I love watching the marine mammals. Don't forget to take pictures as an octopus and a deep sea diver!
The very location of the Aquarium adds to the fun. Being on the Seattle waterfront (just below Pike's Place Market) makes this a fun location. The Aquarium itself will not disappoint. We took two of our kids there who really enjoyed themselves. The huge tanks (floor to ceiling) of fish are cool. The upper levels are outside, so this place is best enjoyed on a clear and warm day.
I have friends that love this place, but I have to say it really wasn't that great. Maybe it's because I've fed turtles at Sea Life Park in Hawaii that now my standards have changed. My 5 year old boy was bored and hyper here (but he is not an animal watcher). My two and half year old daughter liked the outdoor part where the seals or were they sea lions? were located. Other than that, it was quite a quick trip. The price to get in is so expensive! Luckily, we had an entertainment book coupon (highly recommend these). We had looked into getting a City Pass as well. Overall, not great for our family. I'd rather pay one admission and go to Pt. Defiance (they have an aquarium and a play area and a zoo). Save some money and my kids would be happier.
We take out of town visitors here a lot because you can visit the aquarium and Pike Place Market in the same trip quite easily. I was very surprised last time I was there to see that they've made some significant improvements and I love them. It's a place you absolutely need to check out! It's a great place to get a taste of seattle...the waterfront, sea life at the aquarium, and the nearby market make it a fun day for kids young and not so young!
The Seattle Aquarium is a good family location to visit. I consider it a mid-size aquarium with a good variety of exhibits, most notably a wonderful jellyfish display. They are know for their local animal/sealife exhibits. Some of the smaller outdoors dispays could use a bit of updating. Overall, it is very family friendly and accessible and affords a few hands-on opportunities.
The Seattle Aquarium is usually and unfortunately quite the disappointment. We go every summer and I am always hoping for something new and exciting but they never seem to impress. They have a severe lack of exhibits and are quite spendy! They have a cafe area located further into the aquarium but like the admission to the aquarium itself, the cafe is way overpriced. It's an ok place to spend the day but don't get your hopes up for anything spectacular.
I think that this aquarium is put together very well I think that its a little pricey but I thing well worth it. My kids 3 and 5 loved the big fish type of tank when we first walked in. They stared at the fish in the window forever I think that they could have stayed there and been the happiest kids ever. They really enjoyed this exhibit and we would do it again the next time we visit Seattle in the near future.
My favorite part of the aquarium was the jelly fish arch you could walk through. It was memorizing! The rest of the aquarium was a lot of fun as well. They had many places where you could sit and rest to watch the fish, which was really nice since most of our travels around Seattle were on foot, so having a place where we could be a little bit more leisurely was wonderful.
Our family visited the Seattle Aquarium in April, 2010. We had a wonderful time. It was pricey but worth every penny. We ended up spending the whole afternoon there and enjoyed every minute. There are so many things to see and do. The fish are beautiful and displayed so you feel like you are right with them. It was a day dream's are made of!
If you ever wondered what was under all those waves, the Seattle Aquarium can help you get a better glimpse. If the main viewing tank that stands floor to ceiling tall is not enough, come back at feeding time and you get a great view of all the activity that goes on under the water. The tide pool is wonderful and my kids loved the hand on experiences of touching a starfish and other gooey things. The otters are fun to watch and personally I could not get enough of them. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon, although I could have done this for two days.
If you can find free tickets or tickets on sale grab 'em while they're hot...because the regular price of tickets is phenomenal!! I mean, I realize this is Seattle and all, but almost 60 bucks for 2 kids and 3 non-kids...yikes!
That said, it was fun. The kids LOVED the giant glass window into the fish area. And being able to actually reach out and touch starfish and other squishy sea urchins is a lot of fun. Watching the sea otters swim around was exciting for the kids. But the whole visit felt short, we were a little underwhelmed, you could say.
All in all, it's your basic aquarium with lot's of different kinds of fish.
So, the kids had fun, but for that price, I won't go more than once a year...it's definitely no Sea World!!!
Although it is a little spendy, it was well worth the money!! It is truly an aquarium that is part of the Puget Sound. Fantastic hands-on tide pools with great people helping with the exhibit. We loved standing under the jellyfish arch tube...although my pictures didn't come out well. It was a fantastic trip for my 5 year old...my 2 year old loved the tanks filled with bright colored fish. Wish we could have stayed longer, my 5 year old would live there if she could.
It was good, our son liked being able to touch the starfish and look at all the fish.
However, I do have to say that we thought it was too expensive for what we saw. We didnt spend more than a couple hours there... it was a day when they didnt have kids activities scheduled, maybe that contributed to our disspointment. We were visiting Seattle, so no chance of going back the next day.
Maybe we will give it another chance on our next visit. :)
We visited the Seattle Aquarium with our two year old daughter. She absolutely love it! The large glass aquariums that greet you in the open lobby were a definite hit. She was even able to interact with one of the scuba divers that was inside the tank...that made her day! The aquarium is set up so that it is very easy to flow from one exhibit to another. There are a lot of different species on exhibit and it is very easy for families to see everything. We spent about two hours walking (or running to catch our daughter) through all of the rooms. I would definitely recommend visiting if you are in the Seattle area.