The Aquarium is open 9:30am–5pm daily, with last entry at 5pm and exhibits closing at 6pm—with a few exceptions:
- June 7, 2019: The entire Aquarium will be closed for Splash! our annual fundraising auction.
- Thanksgiving Day: 9:30am–3pm. Aquarium café closed; Aquarium gift shop open.
- Christmas Eve: 9:30am–3pm. Café and gift shop open.
- Christmas Day: Closed.
- We’re open regular hours on all other holidays, including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
We’re located on Pier 59 on downtown Seattle’s central waterfront, just west of the Pike Place Market and north of the Washington State ferry terminal.
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101-2015
From I-5 North
- Take the Madison St./Convention Place exit.
- Stay straight to go onto 7th Ave.
- Take the first left onto Madison St.
- Turn right onto Alaskan Way.
- 1483 Alaskan Way Pier 59 is on the left.
From I-5 South
- Take Union St. exit, exit 165B.
- Stay straight to go onto Union St.
- Turn left onto 5th Ave.
- Turn right onto Madison St.
- Turn right onto Alaskan Way.
- 1483 Alaskan Way Pier 59 is on the left.
Yes. A Seattle Aquarium membership is the ultimate discount: it pays for itself in less than two visits, grants you admission to the Aquarium for an entire year, and comes with an array of exclusive perks!
We also offer discounted daily admission to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, active, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel and their dependents, and school/other groups of 20 or more with advance registration (these discounts are only available at the Aquarium, and through the group registration form). Military personnel or military spouses must show valid military ID.
Discounted admission rates are available via CityPASS as well, and free tickets may be available for eligible recipients via our community ticket program and the Seattle Public Library Museum pass program. More information can be found on the Tickets & Passes page of our website.
Generally speaking, weekdays and weekends after 2pm tend to be less busy at the Aquarium.
Yes. During your visit to the Aquarium, you may check one small item and/or a coat at Guest Services. Items must be collected before departure, and this service is offered on an as-available basis.
Children in strollers are welcome at the Aquarium. Please be aware, though, that we do not offer strollers for rent, and do not have secure storage for visitors’ strollers.
It’s possible to enjoy all our exhibits in about two hours, but you may want to take more time. Luckily, Aquarium admission grants you all-day entry (with hand stamps), so you can always come back later in the day if there’s an exhibit you didn’t get a chance to see. You can also take a break over a meal or snack in our café. It may help to visit our Exhibits page and plan your visit in advance. Be sure to save time for our daily activities—and for a stop in our gift shop on your way out!
You’re welcome to eat a snack or picnic lunch at the Aquarium. While we don’t allow outside food in our café, you can eat in our Life on the Edge exhibit, sitting on the benches or on the floor along the wall. Please talk to a cashier as you enter or visit Guest Services for more information. If the weather is nice, Waterfront Park is right next door to the Aquarium and offers plenty of seating. Be sure to get your hand stamped if you’re planning to re-enter the Aquarium after you eat! If you haven’t packed a lunch or snack, the Aquarium café, on our second level, offers plenty of options to please the entire family.
For the safety of the animals in our collection and our guests, service animals only are allowed inside the Aquarium; no domesticated pets.
You're welcome to take photos and video for your personal use only. Commercial photography is allowed only with prior written permission from our Public Relations department. For more information, please contact us at (206) 386-4300 or email@example.com.
When taking photos inside the Aquarium, please turn off your flash. Not only will you get better photos—but our visitors and animals will thank you! Also, please be aware that entrants to our facility during public hours understand that still photography, video surveillance and monitoring may be happening at all times in public areas.
Yes. If you lose something during a visit to the Aquarium, visit the Guest Services desk for help. You can also call the desk at (206) 386-4363, call our main line at (206) 386-4300, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aquarium is a great place to visit, rain or shine. Most of our exhibits are indoors; some are open air with overhead coverage. Our harbor seal exhibit is outdoors with no cover—although we do have an indoor viewing window for visitors who prefer to stay out of the rain while watching the harbor seals at play on wet days!
No smoking is allowed in or on Aquarium property.
Please refer to your confirmation email from email@example.com for your tickets. If you are unable to find your confirmation email or did not receive one, please call customer service at (206) 386-4300 and a customer service representative will assist you.
Please contact Seattle Aquarium customer service at (206) 386-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org and a customer service representative will assist you.
Discounts can only be applied when purchasing tickets at the Seattle Aquarium in person, however all tickets are $2 off when purchasing online!
All online ticket sales are final with no refunds/exchanges. However, tickets are valid for 90 days after purchase.
Please contact us at (206) 386-4300 to resolve any inaccuracies in your billing.
All adults in your party (age 18+) are required to show photo ID with a Washington address to receive the daily Washington resident price; proof of residency isn’t required for children as long as they’re accompanied by a resident adult with the appropriate ID. Current college and university IDs are valid proof of residency for students living in Washington while attending school.
If a resident’s photo ID doesn’t list their current address in Washington, secondary documentation confirming residency will be required. Such documentation could include a utility bill, a bank statement, a lease agreement, a recent paystub or any other official documentation that lists the resident’s full name and address in Washington.
Unfortunately, our Washington resident ticket prices are only available to residents of the state of Washington and do not apply to any guests from other states, even when they’re visiting the Aquarium with a Washington resident. Proof of residency, as described above, is required for all adults (ages 18+) requesting Washington resident ticket pricing.
No, children who live in Washington do not need to show ID to receive Washington resident pricing, as long as they are accompanied by an adult (age 18+) who is a resident of Washington and has the appropriate proof of residency.
Our two-day ticket is great for Aquarium events that span multiple days. It’s also perfect for out-of-town visitors who have many planned activities and can’t enjoy all the Aquarium has to offer in one day. Two-day tickets are good for two visits within 10 days of one another. Two-day ticketholders will receive a receipt from the guest services desk on their first visit; the receipt must be provided for admittance for the second visit. Two-day tickets are valid for 90 days from date of purchase.
The Aquarium has a limited supply of wheelchairs available for use while visiting. For complete details on accessibility, visit our Accessibility page.
Yes! If you speak another language and your group consists of 10 or more people, we may be able to provide an interpreter for your visit to the Seattle Aquarium. Please contact us at (206) 693-6184 or email@example.com with a minimum of two weeks’ notice to request an interpreter. Requests will be filled on an as-available basis.
The Aquarium’s café is a wonderful place to eat, with affordable options for the entire family—and an outdoor deck with an amazing view of Puget Sound! And there are plenty of options along the Seattle waterfront as well: Anthony's Fish Bar and Bell Street Diner on Pier 66; Ivar's on Pier 54, and more. Plus, Pike Place Market, with its numerous food stalls and restaurants, is just steps away.
There are many: The Edgewater, Seattle Marriott Waterfront, Quality Inn & Suites Seattle Center, The Belltown Inn and more.
Yes! The Aquarium is the site of some of the most memorable weddings and celebrations in our region. Visit our Private Events page for more information.
The Seattle Aquarium operates as a nonprofit 501(c)(3), through a long-term operating agreement with the City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation.
Our combined annual operating budget of $12.6 million is generated through tickets, concessions income, memberships, grants and private contributions.