Seattle Aquarium

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1483 Alaskan Way

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Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

For a glimpse under the sea, head to the Seattle Aquarium, which sits along the waterfront just a few blocks west of the Seattle Art Museum. It may not be as impressive as other cities' aquariums, but Seattle's facility offers a wonderful introduction to northwestern sea life. The highlight of your visit will most likely be the "Window on Washington Waters" exhibit, which houses aquatic animals native to the surrounding area in a 120,000-gallon tank.

Other points of interest include a coral reef tank and a kid-friendly touch tank, where your little ones can shake hands with starfish and sea cucumbers. And don't miss your chance to get the fish-eye view from the aquarium's underwater observation dome.

Past visitors said a quick stop by the aquarium is worth your time, especially if you're interested in learning more about the animals that call the Pacific Northwest home. Though reviewers admit the facilities aren't as large as you'd expect, they did say the aquarium is the perfect size to keep children (and adults) entertained for an hour or two. 

The Seattle Aquarium, which is located within walking distance of Pike Place Market, can be reached via several bus routes. The aquarium is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last entry at 5 p.m. Some visitors say the admission is a little pricey, but entry to the aquarium is included if you purchase a Seattle CityPASS. Otherwise, expect to pay $19.95 for children ages 4 to 12, and $29.95 for adults. Several bus lines For more information, check out the Seattle Aquarium's website.

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#1 Pike Place Market

Since 1907, this bustling market near the downtown waterfront has been the go-to place for local produce. Today, you can find almost everything, from local artwork to vinyl records. Plus, the flower market is a particular must-see, according to reviewers. Though Pike Place Market is one of the most tourist-heavy attractions in Seattle (plan to run into crowds, especially during the weekend) that's no reason to scratch it off your to-do list. Recent visitors said the abundance of vendors and lively atmosphere make it an experience you shouldn't pass up, no matter how busy it gets. 

The streets surrounding Pike Place Market are peppered with restaurants and coffee shops, and there's an information booth just west of the marketplace at First Avenue. If you want a little help navigating the massive market, guided tours and food tours are available from third-party companies. You can find a list on the market's website here.

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