Daily activities

There’s so much to do and see when you visit us!

Please note: Due to a scheduled press event, there will be no 10am Windows on Washington Waters presentation on Friday, December 9.
Thank you for your understanding.

A Seattle Aquarium volunteer holding a replica whale tooth out to a group of children, pointing to it while giving information about whales.

Learn From Our Experts

You'll find friendly and helpful staff and volunteers throughout the Aquarium who are happy to answer your questions and help you learn more about our many amazing animals and habitats. Just look for the folks in blue!

Daily presentations

Join Aquarium staff for presentations happening daily throughout the Aquarium!

Please Note: Presentation times are subject to change

A group of people listening to an Aquarium staff member talk in front of the Window on Washington Waters habitat at the Seattle Aquarium.
All About Our Washington Waters

Window on Washington Waters

10am, 11:45am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 3pm

Come experience the Window on Washington Waters habitat, devoted to marine life found in our local waters. You’ll meet the inhabitants of the rocky reef and kelp forest ecosystem found in the Salish Sea.

Three young children standing at the harbor seal habitat at the Seattle Aquarium looking at a seal through a viewing window.
All About Our Harbor Seals

Harbor seal habitat


Get to know the harbor seals that call Seattle Aquarium home! Learn how we care for them, and hear amazing facts about the most common marine mammals in the Salish Sea. 

An Animal Care Specialist at the Seattle Aquarium tossing a fish to a fur seal swimming inside a large habitat.
Marine Mammal Feeding

Marine mammal habitats


Join us for a feeding at one of our marine mammal habitats: harbor seals, sea otters or northern fur seals. The location changes daily—ask a Seattle Aquarium representative about which animals are scheduled to be fed when you arrive for your visit. 

Northern fur seal lifting its head out of the water while swimming in the fur seal habitat at the Seattle Aquarium.
All About Our Northern Fur Seals

Northern fur seal habitat


Come learn more about Chiidax and Flaherty, the northern fur seals living at the Seattle Aquarium. 

A sea otter floating on its back with its front paws above water as it looks towards the camera.
All About Our Sea Otters

Sea otter habitat


Join us for an introduction to our sea otters! Get to know more about this iconic endangered species and learn how we care for the individuals that call the Seattle Aquarium home.

Two harbor seals resting on the deck of the Seattle Aquarium harbor seal habitat.
All About Our Marine Mammals

Marine mammal habitats


Learn about the amazing harbor seals, sea otters and northern fur seals who call the Aquarium home. The location of this event varies daily. Check with a Seattle Aquarium representative when you arrive for your visit.

A sea otter floating on its back eating the claw of a deceased crab which the otter holds on top of its stomach.
Sea Otter Feeding

Sea otter habitat


Join Mishka and Seiku, our delightful sea otter duo, for a feeding in their habitat.

Find your way around the Aquarium

Virtual reality experience: swim with humpback whales

Who: Aquarium visitors (must be at least 42” tall)
Where: Family Activity Center, adjacent to the Underwater Dome habitat.
When: 10–11:45am and 1–5:15pm daily; last session at 5:15pm. Schedule subject to change. 
Cost: $7 per person for Aquarium members; $9 per person for non-members.
Tickets: Available from the Guest Services counter at the Aquarium’s main entrance and in the Family Activity Center

Be mesmerized by our new virtual reality experience! With state-of-the-art motion seats and VR dive goggles that provide a full 360° view, you’ll feel like you’re really below the surface, swimming alongside majestic humpback whales. 

This immersive, six-minute experience, guided by a marine scientist who studies humpback whales, focuses on behavior patterns of mothers and their calves—and also features inspiring stories of recent humpback conservation efforts. 

Check ticket availability when you arrive for your Aquarium visit! Space for these virtual reality experiences is limited to four people per session, with sessions offered every 15 minutes. Seats and goggles are fully cleaned between sessions.

A pod or orca whales breeching the surface of the ocean as they swim through the water.

In many places around the world, including here in the U.S., only professionals with legal permits are allowed to approach marine mammals on boats, in the water or on beaches. For your safety and the safety of the whales, please delight in the behaviors of our marine mammal friends from a distance. 

Here in Washington, please stay 400 yards/366 meters from orcas—and give them more space whenever possible. You can learn more about our work in advocating to hasten orca recovery on our Ocean Policy and Advocacy page. We also encourage you to explore Be Whale Wise, a partnership of governmental agencies, nonprofits and other stakeholders in British Columbia and Washington state to research, implement and educate regarding laws and best vessel practices to protect the unique and fragile marine resources found in the area. 

Thank you to our virtual reality experience partner, Immotion.

More to see and do

Porcupine pufferfish swimming in its habitat at the Seattle Aquarium

Get to know the amazing fish, invertebrates, birds and mammals that make their homes with us! As you explore the Aquarium, you may have the opportunity to see animal feedings or even animals being trained to voluntarily participate in their own health care. And our friendly staff and volunteers are always at the ready to answer questions and help you learn more. 

A young child leaning over a tide pool habitat at the Seattle Aquarium, reaching out with one finger to touch a sea star under the water.
Life On The Edge Tide Pools

Step up, lean over and reach in—watch what happens when you gently stroke a sea cucumber. Test your fingertips against the prickly spines of a sea urchin. Follow the scuttling steps of a hermit crab. Notice how, even though they seem to be completely still, sea stars are always moving. Inhale the rich scent of seawater.

Staff and volunteers are always nearby to identify the animals in the tide pools, answer questions and deepen your knowledge about Puget Sound. Even if you opt not to get your hands wet, you’ll still be enriched by the beautiful sights, smells and sounds of this habitat.

Two children standing in front of the large glass window of an underwater habitat at the Seattle Aquarium. A scuba diver is interacting with the children from behind the window and within the habitat.
Scuba Divers

Be on the lookout for our scuba divers, who take to the water at different times throughout the day in our Window on Washington Waters habitat!

Wearing specialized masks, the divers are able to talk back and forth with Aquarium interpreters on the outside (or “dry side”) of the habitat and answer your questions. You'll have the chance to learn more about the various fish that you can find in our Washington waters during these unique encounters.

Limited-Time Special Engagements

A large bear standing in a river bites down onto a salmon, causing the salmon to release eggs into the air with the text an Alaska state of mind, The Salmon Way, Amy Gulick

The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind

The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind is a photographic celebration of Alaskan wild salmon—extended by popular demand through 2022.

To conduct research for her book of the same name, photographer and author Amy Gulick spent five years in Alaska exploring the web of human relationships that revolve around wild salmon. In Alaska, it’s more than just their “way”—it’s their way of life.

The inspiring photographs depict the diversity of Alaskans living a “salmon way of life.” With images ranging from Alaska Natives to commercial fishing families to sport fisherfolk, the exhibit honors one of the last places where wild Pacific salmon are still abundant and shows deep-rooted ties between human and fish, between Alaska and Washington, and across generations and communities.

“Alaska shows us what is possible if we restore wild salmon and their habitat in places where they are threatened and endangered. Where salmon thrive, so do ecosystems, communities, cultures and economies,” says Amy.

Experience The Salmon Way alongside the Life on the Edge habitat during your next visit to the Aquarium!