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Seaside Aquarium, Seaside

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See a variety of marine species, including small crustaceans, eels, and a giant octopus, at Seaside Aquarium. One of the oldest aquariums in the United States, the space was once a public saltwater bath. The original pipes from the 1920s are still used to feed water to the tanks. For a fee, you can feed the harbor seals, the aquarium’s talented and popular residents. Visit the touch tank to feel the textures of starfish, anemones, and sea urchins, and view the ocean’s tiniest species through microscopes. Note that the facility is on the small side and can get crowded on busy days. Put Seaside Aquarium into our Seaside tourist route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Seaside.
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  • A little disappointed by the aquariums size. It is small, but my kids loved the touch areas. Feeding the seals is a wet experience.  more »
  • Our kids had a great time exploring, experiencing and touching things in this aquarium. While it is quite small, there are several things for little ones to enjoy.  more »
  • What a neat little aquarium! The pricing was great, the staff was very knowledgeable. We loved the touch pools, octopus and feeding the seals was a favorite. Those seals had us all cracking up!  more »
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  • First off, this is a *small* aquarium - one medium-sized room and the seal viewing area (the seals have access to a larger pool and resting area behind the scenes). It can get crowded. However, it's also pretty cheap admission. The tanks were clean, the animals looked healthy, and the signs were informative - I particularly liked the signs added to explain interesting things happening in the tanks, such as egg-laying. In the middle of the room were touch-tanks (these animals also looked healthy) and small containers showing examples of animals you might find on the Oregon Coast. The seals were fun to watch and seemed healthy and happy. I appreciate that the aquarium has such a strong focus on education and appreciating our own coast, and they seem to be doing a very good job on what I suspect is a tight budget. I definitely learned some interesting new things! I was a bit unsure about the giant Pacific octopus in the open tank, but it didn't seem to be trying to hide away. The interpreters were attentive and visitors well-behaved. It would be improved if they had a public restroom, but all in all, a very nice little aquarium.
  • My 3 year old fell in love with this place and the touch tanks while visiting Seaside! Cute little aquarium, cool location right off the beach, friendly gals that were great with my son, and the seals are fun (and loud)! It's a small place, but I love that it's all local marine life and everyone is so friendly.
  • Feeding the seals is super fun. They all have unique personalities and are very lively. The rest of the aquarium was interesting and unique. The octopus was a little hard to find at first
  • Had so much fun feeding the seals. They are sure happy little buggers. The owners were nice. And had a cute little gift shop.
  • Small aquarium but fun for the kids. I felt a little sad for some of the fish. Feeding the seals was a blast and the kids loved being able to touch the starfish and sea creatures. Try to go when it's not a busy weekend.