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1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, United States | (206) 386-4300

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Seattle's aquarium isn't just near the water—it's practically in the water, located on a pier that juts into Elliott Bay. The main attractions include a meditative underwater dome, a wave simulator that shows how tide pools are formed, and mammals like river otters and harbor seals. Look for the one-eyed fish in the big fish tank out front; the staff works to heal rockfish that lost their sight, sometimes even giving them glass eyes. And check the website in advance for regular programs like interactive toddler time or evening beach walks, led by professional Naturalist staff (and flashlights).

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Seattle Aquarium

Seattle's aquarium isn't just near the water—it's practically in the water, located on a pier that juts into Elliott Bay. The main attractions include a meditative underwater dome, a wave simulator that shows how tide pools are formed, and mammals like river otters and harbor seals. Look for the one-eyed fish in the big fish tank out front; the staff works to heal rockfish that lost their sight, sometimes even giving them glass eyes. And check the website in advance for regular programs like interactive toddler time or evening beach walks, led by professional Naturalist staff (and flashlights).