Aquarium Access

Wheelchair Access

The Aquarium’s exhibits and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible. If you need a wheelchair, you may check one out, free of charge, from the Aquarium’s Guest Services desk (available on a first-come, first-served basis). Wheelchairs will be sanitized between uses. A credit card is required for checkout and will be charged $600 if the wheelchair isn’t returned.

Service Animals

Service dogs are welcome in all Seattle Aquarium public exhibit spaces.

Class accommodations

Class registrations are currently suspended due to COVID-19.

Financial Assistance

Disability Discounts

The Aquarium is currently unable to offer discounts to persons with disabilities. Aides required and accompanied by persons with disabilities can enter free of charge.

Seattle Aquarium Connections Program

The Seattle Aquarium aims to be inclusive and welcoming to all, and believes that our audience should reflect the diversity of our region. Toward that end, the Seattle Aquarium Connections program provides complimentary admission tickets through community partner organizations. Learn more here.

FLASH Cards and GOLD Cards

FLASH Card holders may enter the Seattle Aquarium free of charge with one aide. Gold Card holders may also enter the Aquarium free of charge. For more information about the City of Seattle’s Flash and Gold Card program click here.


The Seattle Aquarium social story visual guide will help families and groups prepare for their visit to the Aquarium. It may be especially useful for visitors with autism, sensory sensitivities or younger audiences. Look through it before your visit, or print it out to bring with you. Note: some details in the story may differ from the current Aquarium experience due to our safety measures related to COVID-19.

ASL interpreter at harbor seals exhibit

Speak another language?

Interpreters and sighted tour guides for deaf, blind and visually impaired groups.

If you speak another language, we may be able to provide an interpreter for your visit to the Seattle Aquarium.

With a minimum of two weeks’ notice the Seattle Aquarium may be able to arrange for an ASL sign language interpreter or a sighted tour guide at no additional charge for our deaf, blind or visually impaired visitors.

Please call (206) 693-6196 or e-mail at with a minimum of two weeks’ notice to request an interpreter and make arrangements. Requests will be filled on an as-available basis.

Downtown Seattle map

Accessible Parking

The closest handicapped parking spaces to the Seattle Aquarium entrance are located at the DPS private parking lot across the street from the Aquarium. The Pike Place Market Public Parking Garage also has handicapped parking and elevator access to the Pike Place Market. Both locations charge $3.00 per hour - rates change seasonally. See map here.

There is no public handicapped parking near the Seattle Aquarium although some spaces are wheelchair-friendly and with a valid handicapped permit (or license plate emblem) you can park free of charge in any public parking space. More information on public handicapped parking is available at the SDOT web page.

Find more parking information here