The cold, dark waters around Seattle hide an abundance of marine life, from orca whales to giant Pacific octopus to otters and salmon. The Seattle Aquarium helps visitors access this rich underwater world without getting wet. The experience involves touch tanks, daily dive shows, and plenty of exhibits showing off the area’s sea life.
Visitors to the Seattle Aquarium can view exhibits showing off animals like jellyfish, sea otters, octopus, puffins, seals, and an array of fish. You might plan your visit around a daily-occurring activity, such as octopus feeding, diver shows, children’s story time, and talks on various ocean science topics.
Visitors must purchase a ticket to enter, with discounts available for children, seniors, active military, and disabled visitors. A CityPASS card—a 5-attraction ticket that includes the aquarium, plus skip-the-lines entry—is also available. Or, see the aquarium along with other highlights in a short city tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Seattle Aquarium appeals to many types of travelers, including families with kids and ocean science buffs.
- The Seattle Aquarium is wheelchair accessible, and there are ASL interpreters and sighted tour guides for deaf, blind, and visually impaired groups.
- Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture your unforgettable memories here.
How to Get There
The Seattle Aquarium is located at 1483 Alaskan Way, on Pier 59, just below Pike Place Market. If you drive, there’s 4-hour metered parking along Alaskan Way, and numerous parking garages a short walk away. King County Metro bus 99 stops on Alaskan Way in front of the aquarium.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the Seattle Aquarium is weekdays and weekends after 2pm. Summers tend to be the busiest time to visit, with fewer visitors on winter weekdays.
Other Attractions Nearby
Nearby Pike Place Market’s historic collection of shops and restaurants can help fill a day in Downtown Seattle. The ferry terminals along the waterfront, a short walk from the Seattle Aquarium, whisk passengers to Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, and West Seattle.