The Seattle Aquarium is open!

The Seattle Aquarium is open with timed ticketing and limited attendance, which means you’ll get up close to the animals and not other visitors. We've worked closely with local health experts to provide a safe and fun experience. We can’t wait to see you!

The Aquarium is operating at a reduced capacity to protect the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff and animals. We are meeting and exceeding the recommendations of local health officials and reopening guidance in Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington plan and are excited to offer you a fun, safe experience.

  • ONLINE TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE for all guests, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time member.
  • YOUR TIMED TICKET indicates your arrival window. There is no limit to how long you can spend at the Aquarium.
  • MASKS/FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED during your visit. Exemptions to this order include babies/toddlers under age 5 (masks/face coverings are highly recommended for children ages 3–4). A clear mask/face covering will be provided at no charge to anyone who would like one. If you are unable to wear a mask/face covering the Aquarium will work to arrange a visit at a later date when mask requirements have been lifted. If you don’t have a mask/face covering when you arrive, one will be provided for you.
Guests wearing masks looking at a tidepool exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium

Keeping You Safe

In addition to our timed ticketing and mask/face covering requirement the Aquarium has implemented the following safety precautions to protect the health of our animals, guests, staff and volunteers:

  • Hourly capacity is limited to provide for physical distancing.
  • All Aquarium staff members and volunteers are REQUIRED to wear face masks while working.
  • Touchless ticketing at the Aquarium’s entrance.
  • Additional touchless hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the Aquarium.
  • The Aquarium will maintain its high standards of cleanliness and all high-touch surfaces (like windows, railings, restrooms and elevators) are being continuously cleaned.
  • We’ve implemented state-of-the-art bipolar ionization air-handling equipment to help filter out air particles and enhance safety.
  • Our safety procedures implement the recommendations of the CDC and King County Public Health and have been reviewed by University of Washington health experts.
Entrance to the Seattle Aquarium with health and safety signs and graphics.

Timed tickets and reservations

  • The Aquarium will limit the number of guests allowed to visit each day and during each timed-ticketing window.
  • Members will continue to receive free admission. However, online tickets are required to manage limited capacity. The Aquarium will set aside a block of tickets exclusively for members each day.
  • Online tickets can be purchased in 30-minute time slots and guests will not be admitted prior to their scheduled time.
  • CityPASS ticket holders: First, purchase CityPASS online for immediate mobile delivery. Use the link provided in the emailed order receipt or make your timed-entry reservation or visit citypass.com to manager your reservations..
  • Connections ticket holders and Gold/FLASH cardholders: enter the walk-up line upon arrival; entry will be permitted as space allows. You may also make an in-person reservation for the next available time slot.
  • Timed tickets may be canceled or rescheduled up to the reservation time but not after.
  • Members needing assistance making a reservation may call us at (206) 386-4300.

What to expect when you arrive

Please remember that ONLINE TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE for all guests and that YOUR TIMED TICKET indicates your arrival window. Here’s what you can expect when you arrive:

  • A reminder that MASKS/FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED during your visit. Exemptions to this order include babies/toddlers under age 5 (face coverings/masks are highly recommended for children ages 3–4). Free clear masks will be provided to anyone who would like one. If you are unable to wear a mask the Aquarium will work to arrange a visit at a later date when mask requirements have been lifted. If you don’t have a mask when you arrive, one will be provided for you.
  • Capacity is limited during each timed ticket window and overall to support physical distancing.
  • Guests will not be admitted to the Aquarium prior to their reservation time.
  • Physical distancing is required. Floor graphics in the entry queue and throughout the Aquarium will help everyone remain at least 6 feet apart.
  • Have your ticket ready for scanning at dedicated, touchless stations inside the front doors.
  • 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.
  • The Aquarium café is currently operating at a reduced capacity in accordance with restaurant reopening guidance in Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington plan. Please visit the Aquarium café page for information on operating days and hours. Outside food is allowed in designated areas only.
  • Our water fountains are closed for health reasons—but our touchless water-bottle-filling stations are open. Feel free to bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated during your visit.
  • Our gift shop is open and will limit the number of guests inside at any one time.
Frequently Asked Questions
IS THE AQUARIUM REQUIRING MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS?
HOW HAS THE AQUARIUM EXPERIENCE CHANGED?
ARE THE AQUARIUM’S EXHIBITS, GIFT SHOP AND CAFÉ OPEN AS USUAL? WHAT ABOUT ANIMAL FEEDINGS AND PRESENTATIONS?
CAN THE AQUARIUM’S ANIMALS GET COVID-19?
CAN COVID-19 BE TRANSMITTED BETWEEN PEOPLE AND ANIMALS IN THE AQUARIUM’S CARE?
HOW HAVE ANIMAL CARE PROTOCOLS CHANGED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?
WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN AT THE AQUARIUM TO PROTECT GUESTS, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS?