Same great Aquarium, brand new seawall

Seawall season two in full swing
A message from Seattle Aquarium President & CEO Robert W. Davidson

Much progress was made on our city’s new seawall during the first season of construction, which concluded at the end of May 2014. After going on hiatus for the summer, work on the central waterfront portion of the project resumed last October. The Seattle Aquarium, along with the Great Wheel, Argosy Cruises and businesses on Pier 57, opted to remain open during this second season of seawall construction. Most of the southern businesses on Piers 54, 55 and 56 have closed temporarily and will reopen in July.

As you’ll see on our Aquarium Events page, we’ve got all kinds of engaging, educational and fun events planned for the remainder of this winter and into spring—plenty to keep visitors and members coming through our doors! We’ve also worked with the City and the other businesses that are remaining open to make it as easy as possible to access the waterfront.

I invite you to visit often throughout seawall construction to enjoy our exhibits, programs and events. We here at the Seattle Aquarium are very much looking forward to the completion of this vital project, which will benefit our institution as well as the entire Puget Sound region. We’ll post updates below as they become available.

The Aquarium is open as usual, and will be throughout the entire seawall construction project. Driving routes to get here remain the same and, as always, there’s plenty of parking at Republic Parking’s Hillclimb Court and the Pike Place Market Garage. See details below.

Seawall construction map 2014-2015

  • Rates at the two closest garages, Republic Parking’s Hillclimb Court and the Pike Place Public Market Garage, have been reduced to $3/hour for a maximum of 4 hours.
  • City of Seattle metered parking is still available along Alaskan Way for the time being at a rate of $4/hour for a maximum of 4 hours.
  • For information about additional parking, visit You can also visit for real-time parking information.
  • Metro routes 16, 66X and 99, which used to run along Alaskan Way, will now run along First Avenue. Visit for maps, schedules and details.
  • We’ll also update our website with more information as the seawall project progresses. For general information about project, visit

*Note: Information subject to change. Updates to be provided as needed.

Latest news and documents on the Seattle waterfront

On March 5, 2014, lead designer James Corner shared an update on the waterfront 2020 design progress. View the presentation here.

For the latest information on the Seawall Construction project, visit