Aquarium, Family And Kids
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Seattle's natural beauty is made up of a lot of sea-life. The Seattle Aquarium brings out the best of sea-life showcasing Marine mammals, Octopus and Puget Sound fish exhibits. The Aquarium is also a learning center to promote conservation and caring for natural habitats of all marine life. An entire section is devoted to Sea otters, Seals; another section showcases birds from in and around the area. There is a shark exhibit too for those not faint of heart. The section that holds the most interest though is the touching pool area. It gives a wonderful opportunity to interact with creatures.
The globular exhibit of Underground dome holds a mesmerizing sight of local species of fish. You can join the aquarium staff to watch the regular feeding time at 1:30 pm every day. The aquarium divers also arrange shows to answer all your interesting questions about the fish. If you have children along, the little NASA Kiosks are very informative about different spaces and habitats of fish and coral reefs. You can easily spend a day at the aquarium and take back some souvenirs from the gift shop to always have wonderful memories of a day.
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There was some confusion with our City Pass, and the registration staff were very helpful in working it out with us. Other reviewers have stated it is not a large aquarium, yet I found the size just right to spend a few hours and learning a lot. The exhibits are all very thoughtful and give a good amount of detail about each creature. One of the central exhibits was made to look like pools of water in rocks. It was fun to walk around them, sit on them, and stick my hands (as instructed!) into the pools to feel the different animals and plants. After a while I saw a young woman in a wheelchair who had very little mobitility, and felt sad that she wouldn't be able to get close enough to the exhibit to experience it. Within a few seconds a staff member walked over to her carrying a bowl of water with a few animals inside and engaged her, helping her feel the animals, etc. I was extremely touched at the thoughtfulness and caring of this. Staff also worked at several of the exhibits giving explanations and answering questions. We greatly enjoyed our visit.
Good selection. Not a huge aquarium, but the care that they take in each and every exhibit really shows. Be sure to plan your visit around the various daily activities planned, since the activities are really give very good information. The fish feeding in the underwater dome is pretty spectacular as well.
This isn't the most flashy aquarium in the country. They do have an amazing amount of coral and tropical fish though. The birds and octopus are also really great. An awesome way to spend an afternoon.
This was nice but I was honestly disappointed. Some corals and fish, otters, etc., but not a big selection. The facility seems tired - like it's glory days are over. The best part was seeing the sea otters eat and the gift store. My husband liked touching the coral and thinks I'm being too harsh.
Staff are friendly and passionate, but this is not so much an aquarium as it is a series of small fish tanks. They do have seals and sea otters, a small area for birds and lizards - nothing you haven't seen before. Having experienced other spectacular aquariums around the globe, I cannot give this one more than 3 stars. Overall, an expensive 30 minute stroll, where you struggle to find something interesting to spend time on. Great for school trips and kids. Great contribution to wildlife preservation.