It’s Salmon Month at the Seattle Aquarium!

spawning sockeye salmon
See spawning sockeye and more on the Cedar River!

Did you know that October is the very best month to see salmon spawning in the Cedar River? Join us virtually and in person throughout the month to learn about these amazing animals, their unique role in the marine environment and what we can all do to protect them—as well as their important connection to our local, and critically endangered, orcas.

Take part in the Cedar River Salmon Journey
Get outside this fall for some free, family-friendly, educational fun! Watch salmon spawning, learn about them and discover how to help them (and orcas too!). The Cedar River hosts a threatened run of Chinook, as well as sockeye and coho salmon, among other fish species. October is not only peak viewing season for sockeye, it’s also the best month overall to spot all three species.

This year, for everyone’s health and safety, we can’t station naturalists along the river to help guide your explorations as we usually do. But, great news! We’ve developed a collection of resources to help you learn about salmon and the watershed on a self-guided visit to the Cedar River—and all the details are on our website:

  1. Find out where you can see salmon—and request a free pair of glasses to help spot them!
  2. Download free, family-friendly activities to make the most of your visit.
  3. Join us for our webinar series about salmon and the Cedar River Watershed on October 13 and 20.

Tune in to our social media channels for Orca Recovery Day on October 17
Join the Aquarium and the Orca Salmon Alliance on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to learn about the challenges our iconic local orcas face, and what everyone can do to aid their recovery.

Visit the Aquarium to see salmon and learn more!
You won’t need polarized glasses to spot the salmon in our Window on Washington Waters and Underwater Dome exhibits—and our marine science interpreters in blue are always available to answer your questions.

Plus, our limited capacity and timed ticketing means that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get up close to the animals (including salmon) but not other people. Recent visitors are telling us that coming to the Aquarium feels like a VIP experience. Reserve tickets today and see for yourself!



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