My first visit to an aquarium, as Nic wanted to see the Sea Otters. A great place to start the day after the mandatory coffee. Bought the Seattle City pass, to include five other Seattle attractions.
The fish tanks were beautiful, but the Sea Otters stole the show.
Open: Memorial Day - Labour Day 10am to 7pm. Rest of Year 10am to 5pm
Also the Imax Omnidome is worth a vist. We saw "The Eruption of Mount St Helen: Then and Now", good for a history of the mountain area.
$7.00 for one film but see a second film the same day for $2.00.
After seeing the fish mongers in Pike Market you owe it to yourself (and the fish) to hike down the hill and visit the aquarium. Here you'll be able to see the very same creatures alive and well in a naturalistic exhibit. You'll also be able to get aquainted with the various animals -- invertebrate, avian and mammalian -- you'll see when you go out to the coast.
As always, you'll enjoy the aquarium most if you've done some homework. Before coming to Seattle you should definitely read a book on the natural history of Puget Sound. The deep, cold waters of the sound, combined with our temperate rainforest climate create a unique environment worthy of study and protection. Seattle's long history of fishing and environmentalism make us the perfect place for an aquarium along the lines of the great Monterey Bay Aquarium with an entirely local focus. Unfortunately, we don't yet have an angel like the Packard family to make this dream a reality. So come to the aquarium with only moderate expectations: the interpretation of exhibits is not the best. But the animals are still there for you to get aquainted with.
Admission is $11.
One of my favorite characteristics of this town is the accessability of the waterfront to the downtown. Only a couple of blocks from the business and historic center of Seattle, the waterfront offers an aquarium, several fine eating establishments and various water shuttles and ferries.
Let's begin with hours and prices. I warn you, the entrance fee for the aquarium is very pricey, but worth it. Adult 13 and up cost $11.00, Youth 6-12 are $7.00, Child 3-5 are $5.00 and Child 2 and under are free. The aquarium is open from 10-5 every day of the year, reduced hours on holidays are 10-3 I think. Ok, the Aquarium is home to a variety of native species such as salmon, sea and river otters, beavers, seals, snakes, squirells, frogs, puffins and other native birds, and a number of interesting fish and starfish.
Includes more than 380 species of birds, fish, invertebrates and marine mammals. Interesting features are the 400,000 gallon underwater dome (shown), pacific coral reef, tide pool exhibit, sea otters, water shed and salmon stream.
Open: Daily 10-5
Memorial Day to Labor Day: 10-7
Admission: $9.00 adults
Children: 6-14 $8.00, 3-5 $4.25
Auto Club (AAA) discounts
IMAX theatre next door
This aquarium is smaller and more intimate than some of the other big ones (Monterey, especially) and as such is not quite as crowded nor sophisticated. However, it's an 'honest' aquarium with good information and fun sea critters to watch.
Located on Pier 59 in an old warehouse, the Seattle Aquarium is small but quite interesting aquarium.
The Seattle Aquarium is a great place to visit, you get to see what the sealife is in the area, as well as a natural underwater trip. Plus they have IMAX
I had a great day in the aquarium. It's not too big (you'll walk trough at ease in about two hours) but it shows the fauna that lives on the shores and in the ocean around Seattle.
There is an IMAX Dome. There are lots of wonderful chances to see the life of the Pacific Northwest in a realistic habitat.
Built on the bay and into the bay. Lots of interesting info on what's in the waters around the Seattle area.