Plan Your Visit

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!

Day octopus

Know before you go

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.

Please visit our we're open page for more information and answers to common questions.


Visiting the Aquarium

  • Hours: The Seattle Aquarium is open daily, 9:30am–6pm. Last entry at 5pm; exhibits close at 6pm.
  • Masks/face coverings: Please remember face coverings are required for everyone age 5 and over.
  • Weather: The Aquarium has many spaces with open airflow for your safety. 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—feel free to fill up!
  • Food: The Aquarium café is currently operating at a reduced capacity in accordance with restaurant reopening guidance in Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington plan. The indoor café is currently open Wednesday–Sunday from 9:30am–4pm. In June the outdoor café will also open Saturday and Sunday, 11am–4pm, and from July to mid-September the outdoor café will be open Thursday–Sunday, 11am–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 for details. Additional parking information can be found on our directions and parking page

At the Aquarium

Sea otter floating on its back.

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

Explore before you go!

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

Seattle Aquarium cafe

Choose from two locations

  • Indoors: second level, above Ackerley Foundation Puget Sound Hall
    Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4pm
  • Outdoors: west end of Pier 59
    June: Saturday–Sunday, 11am–4pm
    July–September: Thursday–Sunday, 11am–4pm

The Aquarium café is currently operating at a reduced capacity in accordance with Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington plan. 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

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).