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Plan-Ahead Pricing & Ticketing

The Seattle Aquarium launched plan-ahead pricing in February 2021 to give you the opportunity to get the best deal on tickets when purchasing in advance. This model also allows you to see when we anticipate being busiest—such as during the summer, on weekends/holidays/school breaks—and when we’ll be quieter.

We’re excited to make the Seattle Aquarium more accessible and advance our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment!

Similar to other zoos, aquariums and museums that have adapted this approach, our prices are determined based on a number of key factors including attendance patterns, popular holidays/events and weather—and they’ve been developed through extensive research and collaboration with a team of expert economists. In general, for busier periods with higher estimated attendance, prices will reflect high demand. For quieter attendance days, prices will be lower.

You can save by buying your tickets even one day in advance. Save up to 20% by buying your tickets at least two weeks in advance. To view a calendar of current prices, visit our tickets page.

Ticket prices may change daily—and the only way to lock in a price is by actually buying your tickets. If you need additional tickets later, we recommend buying as soon as possible to receive the lowest price.

Yes! You can still buy ahead and save by calling us at (206) 386-4300 during our regular business hours. 

The prices listed for each date will always be the most affordable option for that particular date—they’ll never decrease but they may increase, so purchasing earlier is always the best option!

Check the pricing calendar on our tickets page for a complete list of current ticket prices.

No, day-of ticket purchases cost the same online as they do on site at the Aquarium. Day-of ticket prices will always be more expensive than buying in advance.

It’s easy! Visit our tickets page for a calendar that shows pricing for each day, click the day you want to visit, and follow the prompts from there. 

Plan-ahead tickets are valid only for the date and time listed on the ticket. There is no limit to how long you can spend at the Aquarium. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after the time on your ticket, please see a Seattle Aquarium team member. We know that plans can change, and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible when booking your visit. Keep reading to see options for rescheduling and/or canceling your visit.

If you can’t visit the Aquarium on the date listed on your ticket, you may exchange it for a different date. Contact us at (206) 386-4300 or, or see one of our guest service representatives at the Aquarium’s admission gate. Please note that, if the price is higher for the new date/ time you select, you’ll need to pay the difference—and such exchanges can only be accommodated by phone and in person (not via email). 

No, membership prices remain the same and are always the best value. Please note that the cost of your admission can be applied toward the cost of a membership at any point during your visit. To learn more and find the membership level that’s right for you, visit our membership page.

Purchasing tickets online in advance is strongly recommended. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the Aquarium. Visitors who do not purchase tickets online may buy them at the Aquarium for the next available entrance time. Please note: On-site ticket purchases may require an extended wait.

We offer a number of free and reduced admission programs to make the Aquarium more accessible to all. Visit our discounts and group rates page for details.

Upon arrival, follow the signs toward the entrance for walk-up guests. Walk-up guests will be allowed entry as capacity in the Aquarium allows.

First, purchase CityPASS® tickets online for immediate mobile delivery. Next, go to the MY CityPASS® App to manage your reservations.

To change your reserved time, refer back to the CityPASS App and follow the prompts to change or cancel your reservation. 

Admission for children ages 3 and under is free. Children ages 4 and over require a paid ticket.

Please refer to your confirmation email from 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.

Seattle CityPASS® tickets bundle Seattle’s best five attractions at a 48% savings, 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 discounts and group rates page of our website.

Discounts for persons with disabilities, seniors (65+), tribal members, First Nations and Indigenous people, and active, retired and veteran U.S. military are available only at the Aquarium’s admission gate. However, purchasing tickets online ahead of time will offer even more savings. 

Tickets are non-refundable. However, we offer alternative options if your plans change:

  • Apply the value of your tickets toward a membership. Not only does this offer you unlimited admission but it also provides vital support for our operations, animal care, conservation research and education programs.
  • Convert the value of your tickets into a tax-deductible donation. The Seattle Aquarium relies on donor support to fund community access, conservation education, advocacy, research and more.
  • Hold onto your ticket. We will honor your admission up to 365 days past your scheduled visit date. The full value of your ticket will be applied to the purchase price of a new ticket of equal or greater value. Simply select another date and pay the difference, if any.

Please contact us at (206) 386-4300 or by email at

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.

Members & Membership

Members are encouraged to reserve tickets online before visiting. You can log in to your membership account to access member tickets.

The number of free tickets you can reserve depends on your membership level. Extra tickets for individuals not included in your membership can be purchased online separately.

Please aim to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled time and no later than 15 minutes after your scheduled time. Make sure to have your digital ticket ready to scan upon arrival.

To view your membership and reserve member tickets, you must log in using the primary account holder’s last name and membership ID. This information is listed on your membership card and in the confirmation email you received when you purchased your membership.

If you don’t know your information, on the member login page, click “Forgot Member Number?” You can also email us at for assistance.

When reserving your member tickets, there will be an option to add one or two half-price guests to your order. Payment will be collected online during checkout. Half-price guests cannot visit the Aquarium without a member present.

We offer member early openings periodically throughout the year. Log in to your membership account to see upcoming dates!

General Questions

The Seattle Aquarium is open daily, 9:30am–6pm. Last entry at 5pm; habitats close at 6pm.

Please visit our hours page for information on upcoming special hours or closures.

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.

Our address:
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 two visits, grants you admission to the Aquarium for an entire year and comes with an array of exclusive perks!

All Aquarium tickets cost less when purchased at least one day in advance. Seattle CityPASS® tickets bundle Seattle’s top five attractions—including the Seattle Aquarium— at a 48% savings.

Free Aquarium 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 discounts and group rates page of our website.

Discounts for persons with disabilities, seniors (65+), and active, retired and veteran U.S. military (ID required) are available only at the Aquarium’s admission gate. However, purchasing tickets online ahead of time can offer even more savings.

Yes. You can stop at the front desk at the end of your visit to upgrade to a membership. After selling you the membership, we will refund the general admission tickets that would have been free under the membership level you choose. Example: if you have two admission tickets on one receipt, but buy an Individual-level membership, only one of the admission tickets will be refunded.

You can also contact the membership department within two weeks of your visit to take advantage of this offer. Simply purchase a membership online and then email us at to request a refund on your ticket(s).

We are generally less busy on non-holiday weekdays and after 3pm on weekends.

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.

Yes! We are happy to offer private nursing/pumping pod for use by our guests. Located between our Caring Cove play space and Pacific Coral Reef habitat, the pod can be accessed by reservation through the Mamava app or with help from Aquarium staff. Aquarium admission is required for access.

Download the Mamava App

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 habitats in about 90 minutes to two hours.

Outside food is allowed in designated areas only.

The Seattle Aquarium welcomes trained service animals (dogs or miniature horses) that meet the ADA standard and their handlers. Service animals must be on a non-retractable physical leash and remain under the control of their handler at all times.

For the safety and welfare of the animals in our care, we do not allow pets, or emotional support or companion animals inside the Aquarium. However, we do offer reentry, so you can leave during your visit to spend time with your emotional support animal and return afterward.

In the event that a service animal’s behavior or health status poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others or is disturbing Aquarium animals or the visitor experience, the service animal and handler may be asked to leave the Aquarium.

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

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

The Aquarium is a great place to visit, rain or shine. Most of our habitats are indoors; some are open air with overhead coverage. Our harbor seal habitat 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.


The Aquarium’s habitats 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. See our Accessibility page for more details.

Aides required and accompanied by persons with disabilities can enter the Aquarium free of change. Reservations are not required for an aide. Attendance will be accounted for at check-in.

Yes! If you speak another language, we may be able to provide an interpreter for your visit to the Seattle Aquarium. Please contact us at (206) 693-6196 or with a minimum of two weeks’ notice to request an interpreter. Requests will be filled on an as-available basis.


There are plenty of options along the Seattle waterfront: 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, there are several public transit options available. Use the following links to get started: King Country Metro Online; Sound Transit; Washington State Ferries; and Elliott Bay Water Taxi.

Private Events

Yes! We are currently booking events. The Aquarium is the site of some of the most memorable events, weddings and celebrations in our region. Visit our private events page to learn about all we have to offer for weddings, corporate events and more!

At this time, we do not offer birthday parties. If you are interested in renting our facility after hours, please visit our Private Events page.

Aquarium History

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 operating budget is generated primarily through ticket sales, with concessions income, memberships, grants and private contributions making up the remainder.


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.

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