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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. Plan my day in Seaside using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • All the tanks are extremely small. The octopus are in tanks that are not only too small but there is not a place for them to hide or anything to entertain them. We saw a dead fish at the bottom of one...  more »
  • Family fun and they are learning at the same time, there is something for all ages. We always bring someone here.  more »
  • The aquarium is super small and overpriced considering what it includes. There is a fun little space to feed the seals, but that's about it. Might be impressive for small children, but wouldn't take o...  more »
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  • This place was okay. The fish we're cool. It was very small and in my opinion, overpriced. Maybe they're just tying to cover their costs, or maybe the money goes towards conservation efforts, I don't know. My partner liked the live seals that you can give fish snacks to for a couple bucks. All in all I don't feel we got a lot of value for the money.
  • I was pleasantly surprised by the aquarium! Our kids had a blast feeding the seals, and the rest of the aquarium was small enough to allow you to get up close to the fish. And they had lots of interesting fish and sea animals including a great exhibit on animals that use camouflage.
  • Great place to take young kids. It is a not pricey but well worth it. It is small but has a lot to offer. Spend the money to feed the seals, our kids loved it. They also enjoyed getting to touch the seastars and the octopus and coloring. The little gift shop is nice too.
  • I think we have been here too many times. The first visit is cool but by the third, we are kind of over it. It's small and kind of pricey. Definitely good for one visit.
  • Most fun aquarium I've ever been to, especially because of the seals - you can get very close and they're very friendly, love to do tricks and interact with you. They also have some unique, alien-looking sea creatures that I didn't know existed. Will definitely go there again.

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