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Regular hours: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Last entry at 5 pm

Daily Activities

A white wave shape.

Daily presentations

Join Aquarium staff for presentations happening daily throughout the Aquarium!

Presentation times are subject to change

All About Our Washington Waters

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

Location: Window on Washington Waters, Pier 59
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.
All About Our Washington Waters
All About Our Harbor Seals

10:45 AM

Location: Harbor seal habitat, Pier 60
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. 
All About Our Harbor Seals
All About Our Octopus


Location: Octopus Habitat, Pier 59
Join us to learn more about one of the ocean's most awe-inspiring creatures: octopuses!
All About Our Octopus
Marine Mammal Feeding

11:30 AM

Location: Marine mammal habitats, Pier 60
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. 
Marine Mammal Feeding
All About Our Sea Otters

2:15 PM

Location: Sea otter habitat, Pier 60
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.
All About Our Sea Otters
All About Our Northern Fur Seals

3:45 PM

Location: Northern fur seal habitat, Pier 60
Come learn more about Chiidax and Flaherty, the northern fur seals living at the Seattle Aquarium. 
All About Our Northern Fur Seals
Sea Otter Feeding

4:45 PM

Location: Sea otter habitat, Pier 60
Join Mishka and Sekiu, our delightful sea otter duo, for a feeding in their habitat.
Sea Otter Feeding
Virtual reality experience

Undersea explorer

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. Come marvel at the majesty of a pod of humpback whales near Tonga or swim alongside the threatened manta rays of Mozambique.

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

A child and other individuals sitting inside large pod shaped chairs while wearing virtual reality headsets while taking part of the VR experience at the Seattle Aquarium.

$7 per person for Aquarium members; $9 per person for non-members.

Available from the Guest Services counter at the Aquarium’s main entrance and in the VR Lounge.


Open 10am–5:15pm daily.

Last session at 5:15pm.

Hours subject to change.


Pier 59

Adjacent to the Pacific Coral Reef habitat.

Please note: Guests must be at least 42” tall to participate. The experience is not recommended for guests who have photosensitive epilepsy, back and neck problems, heart conditions, high blood pressure, broken limbs or those who are pregnant. Teacher approval and direct supervision are required for school groups to participate in our virtual reality experience.

Virtual Reality Experience—Now showing

Play Video about Swimming with Humpbacks. A pod of humpback whales swimming in the ocean along the surface.

Swimming with Humpbacks

Take a dive with gentle giants in “Swimming with Humpbacks.” You’ll get up close and personal with a pod of humpbacks as you watch a whale calf grow. Learn all about their behavior and family structure in a perfect mix of education and entertainment.

Play Video about Flight of the Mantas. A large manta ray swimming underwater.

Flight of the Mantas

In “Flight of the Mantas,” your guide is Dr. Andrea Marshall, the first person in the world to complete a Ph.D. on manta rays. This immersive, six-minute experience provides a beautiful—and rare—glimpse of these amazing animals.

Did you know that open-ocean shark and ray populations have declined by over 70% since 1970, due almost entirely to overfishing? You can help by voting for politicians who support robust fisheries management measures and marine protected areas. Learn more on our Act for the Ocean page.

Act for the Ocean
A cat puppet and a crab puppet.
A musical, empathy-themed puppet show

Catastrophe by the Sea

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
10:30am, 11am and 1:45pm
In the Ackerley Foundation Puget Sound Hall

Come join Catastrophe the cat’s misadventure through the intertidal flats: Sing along to the groovy tunes of the Barnacle Band, dance to the rhythmic harmonizing of Anemone and more during our fun, 20-minute puppet show! 

Catastrophe by the Sea is based on the children’s book of the same name, which was written by Brenda Peterson and illustrated by Ed Young, and developed in partnership to support our work on empathy for wildlife.

Children's play space

Caring Cove

Children and their caregivers are invited to come play with and learn about some of our ocean’s wondrous inhabitants and how to care for them!

Discover Caring Cove, an open play space where kids can deepen their connections to marine animals and their habitats by play-acting a variety of animal care activities. Caring Cove features six different areas—many stocked with toy instruments based on the equipment used by our animal care staff—that encourage and support imaginative play for toddlers through children ages 8–10.

Be on the lookout for...


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. 

Life on the Edge tide pools

Step up, lean over and reach in! 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.

Scuba divers

Our scuba divers 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.


Website maintenance

Please note: Our ticketing and membership systems will be offline for approximately two hours starting at 9pm Pacific on Tuesday, February 20. During the maintenance window, online ticketing and membership will not be available.

Thank you for understanding.

Support the Seattle Aquarium

Two sea otters at the Seattle Aquarium floating on the water in their habitat, holding onto each other demonstrating a rafting behavior.

With your help, the Seattle Aquarium builds connections with our community to inspire conservation and curiosity for marine life. When you make an end-of-year gift by December 31, you'll be joining us in protecting our shared marine environment—now and for generations to come. Thank you!

An adult sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium looking upwards with its front paws resting on its front.

Giving Tuesday

Make a tax-deductible donation to the non-profit Seattle Aquarium

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 thanks to a very generous anonymous donor!

Sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium laying on its back, raising its head and front paws.

Cyber weekend

Get 15% OFF all memberships!