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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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  • October 4, 2017
    Kind of off the beaten path but cheap and entertaining. You have an opportunity to feed the sea lions and they are quite funny. The various types of sea life is educational, as well.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    This was a fun way to take a break from visiting all the little shops in town. Be prepared to get a little Wet when they feed the Seals,  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    They have seals that you can feel. The seals are hilarious as they splash you if you don't feed them and one smacks his flipper on the water to draw attention to himself. The displays are really quite...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    One room aquarium. This might put others off but we loved it. Was easy to keep an eye on the kids and view everything. Great exhibits! The staff was friendly. Cute and affordable little souvenir shop. The octopus was amazing to watch as he changed colors and moved around. Overall, it wasn't the greatest aquarium we have been to but definitely worth going to. And we will go if in town again.
  • June 28, 2017
    For a one room aquarium it's short and pleasant. To give an idea of how much time you need the parking lot restricts you to one hour of parking. There isn't anyone to help with marine interpretation and the signs are hard to follow along with the corresponding tanks. You can feed seals there and there is also a gift shop. For me it is a one and done place though my 5 year old had a good time and I guess that is all that matters.
  • June 25, 2017
    This is a little hard to find (it's right on the beach), but it's a nice, very small aquarium. Small fish are available to purchase to feed the seals. There are a variety of glass enclosures with local sea creatures. There's an area to touch some creatures like anemone. It's nice and cool inside. There's also a small gift shop.
  • April 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    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

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