Plan Your Visit

The Seattle Aquarium is open with timed ticketing and limited attendance to enhance the visitor experience. Entry to the Aquarium is based on reserved entry times every 30 minutes, each with a maximum number of spaces available, between 9:30am and 4:30pm. Last entry to the Aquarium is at 5pm with the Aquarium closing at 6pm. We can’t wait to see you!

Day octopus

Know before you go

The Aquarium is operating with the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff and animals in mind. We are meeting and exceeding the recommendations of local health officials and reopening guidance 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.
  • Per the King County health order, PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION OR PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST ADMINISTERED BY A TESTING PROVIDER AND DONE IN THE LAST 72 HOURS IS REQUIRED for entry for people ages 12 and older. Per CDC guidelines, full vaccination is reached 14 days after the second dose of two-dose vaccines, or 14 days after a single-dose vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card (or photo of record card); a printed certificate or QR code from myirmobile.com; or other official immunization record. For those with medical or religious exemptions, proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered by a testing provider and done in the last 72 hours is required. Children ages 11 and younger are exempt from the King County health order.
  • MASKS/FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED during your visit. Exemptions to the current state mandate include babies/toddlers under age 5 (face coverings/masks are highly recommended for children ages 3–4). If you don’t have a mask when you arrive, one will be provided for you. Additionally, clear masks/face coverings are available at no charge to those who might need them. If you are unable to wear a mask, the Aquarium will work to arrange a visit at a later date when the mask mandate has been lifted.  

Please view our health and safety page for more information and answers to common questions.

Puffin

Visiting the Aquarium

  • Hours: The Seattle Aquarium is open daily, 9:30am–6pm. Last entry at 5pm; exhibits close at 6pm.
  • Per the King County health order, PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION OR PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST ADMINISTERED BY A TESTING PROVIDER AND DONE IN THE LAST 72 HOURS IS REQUIRED for entry for people ages 12 and older. Per CDC guidelines, full vaccination is reached 14 days after the second dose of two-dose vaccines, or 14 days after a single-dose vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card (or photo of record card); a printed certificate or QR code from myirmobile.com; or other official immunization record. For those with medical or religious exemptions, proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered by a testing provider and done in the last 72 hours is required. Children ages 11 and younger are exempt from the King County health order.
  • Masks/face coverings are required during your visit. Exemptions to the current state mandate include babies/toddlers under age 5 (face coverings/masks are highly recommended for children ages 3–4). If you don’t have a mask when you arrive, one will be provided for you. Additionally, clear masks/face coverings are available at no charge to those who might need them. If you are unable to wear a mask, the Aquarium will work to arrange a visit at a later date when the mask mandate has been lifted.  
  • Weather: The Aquarium has many spaces with open airflow. Your visit will include both indoor and outdoor spaces. Please dress for the weather or bring layers to maintain your comfort as you explore.
  • Water bottles: For health reasons, our water fountains are closed. But our touchless water-bottle-filling stations are open, so feel free to bring your own water bottle.
  • Food: The Seattle Aquarium’s café is open daily, 9:30am–4pm. Outside food is allowed in designated areas only.
  • Get up to three hours of free parking at the Pike Place Market garage! Just ask for a parking voucher from Guest Services as you enter. Visit seattlewaterfront.org for details. Additional parking information can be found on our directions and parking page

At the Aquarium

Sea otter floating on its back.
Animals

Octopus, Otters, Seals and More

Discover the animals you'll have the chance to see during your visit.

Underwater Dome exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium
Exhibits

Explore before you go!

Learn about our different exhibits and the animals you'll encounter.

Seattle Aquarium cafe
CAFÉ

Daily, 9:30am–4pm

Second level, above Ackerley Foundation Puget Sound Hall

Outside food is allowed in designated areas only.

Seattle Aquarium gift shop
Gift Shop

10am - 6pm daily

Take a bit of the Aquarium home with you! Browse our thoughtful collection of educational books, plush sea creatures, fun toys, apparel for the entire family, art glass pieces, jewelry, home décor, souvenirs and more. 

Window on Washington Waters
Accessibility

Seattle Aquarium exhibits and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. If you need a wheelchair you can check one out, free of charge, from the Guest Services desk (available on a first come, first serve basis).