The Seattle Aquarium has been in business since 1977 and is now one of the largest aquariums in the United States. The public facility, located on Pier 59 on the Elliott Bay waterfront, has several exhibits in which it displays the various species collections in-house. Here are some quick tips on making the best of your visit to the Seattle Aquarium.

Getting There:

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101

The Waterfront Streetcar/Metro Rt. #99 bus stops near the aquarium from the International District, Pioneer Square or along the Waterfront. There are a handful of parking options in the immediate vicinity, however Republic Parking Hillclimb Garage offers discounted hourly parking for visitors to the Seattle Aquarium.

Republic Parking Hillclimb Garage
(206) 622-7672
Hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

See: King County Metro Transit

When To Go & What It Costs:

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (last entry is at 5 p.m. and exhibits close at 6 p.m.); some exhibits might close a little early depending on any special events (check website for holiday hours).

Prices: Kids under three get in for free, kids ages 4-12 pay $11 and visitors 13 and older pay $17

What To Expect:

The Seattle Aquarium is most fun for the kiddies (or the young at heart), who get to gawk at frisky otters, octopus, fish and many other sea creatures. They also get to see up close sea stars, crabs, urchins and other touchy-friendly creatures. Some top exhibits include: Window on Washington Waters, Ocean Oddities, and Underwater Dome. It’s highly recommended checking out the otters and the huge octopus — especially around 4 p.m., when the otters and octopus are fed.

Recommended Special/Seasonal Events:

Santa Dives in Window on Washington Waters – Dec. 18 & 19, 2010 @ 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Winter Break Fantastic Fishtival – Dec. 26 – 31, 2010 and Jan. 1, 2011

What’s Nearby:

La Buona Tavola
1524 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 292-5555

If, for some reason, you find yourself craving something sweet after your aquarium visit, stop by La Buona Tavola. Their gourmet specialty wares are to die for and you can sample as many trouffles as you’d like.

Pike Place Market
85 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-7453

After sufficiently stuffing yourself why not take a stroll through the historical Pike Place Market? With dozens of merchants selling antiques, clothing, handmade crafts, and more spread throughout the nine-acre vicinity of the market, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to burn off some of those calories. Don’t forget to stop and take a few photos with the pig!


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