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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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  • Okay, the giant grey whale skeleton outside the aquarium - awesome. we got there right before closing so it wasn't that busy and we could see everything - they were feeding the fish and wow, seeing th...  more »
  • This aquarium is fun and has lots of hands on and staff to answer questions! Feeding the seals is the MOST FUN!! A small aquarium but delightful!  more »
  • We visited the seaside aquarium with our 16 year old this past weekend. While we generally enjoy aquariums, this one was pretty small and sad. We bought 2 small trays of fish to feed the seals, they o...  more »
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  • Randomly decided to stop in Sunday afternoon and really glad we did! Brace yourself for a small aquarium but for the admission price plus a couple of extra dollars to feed the seals it was money well spent for about 45 min of good times. The building is older and so are the exhibits but there’s history there which is cool. Feeding the seals was probably my favorite part - they were a riot and definitely know how to get your attention to get you to toss them some fish. It was nice to see hand washing stations easily accessible. The girl at the ticket counter was very friendly and we ran into her again over by the octopus before we left, she was very knowledgeable and you could tell she cared about the animals. This would be a great place to take kids for some fun and learning - adults too! It was great to see the sea life that’s essentially out the back door (oceans right there) that you may not realize is there - we learned what a mole crab was and a day later we were on the beach walking and saw a deceased one, if we hadn’t seen one at the aquarium I would have never known what I was looking at. All and all if you’re in Seaside for a bit, stop here. It’s not the swankiest building but for everything you get to see / do / touch for a nominal fee it’s worth it. 4 stars due to the older building / exhibits and not wanting to steer people with high expectations that this is Sea-world level. For someone who enjoys things for what they are - I personally give it 5 stars.
  • Small aquarium opening to the seal pen on your left and the ticket booth in front of you to the right, next to the gift shop. Small but pretty quality interior with interactive starfish displays and close ups of smaller sea life. Also an open octopus pen which is quite fascinating, but I worry about how humane it is and if they get moved somewhere bigger. The seals have an open gate to and from the pen so they can leave voluntarily, which was very nice to see. Also they have undergone no training but do tricks for treats! Very cute. Would recommend overall.
  • It was an amazing experience! We went in and they are very reasonable on price we got the family pack for our family of 4 you pay for what you get it would cost way more to go to a bigger aquarium. it was dim but tanks were well lit and you could see everything perfectly! I would go again everyday if I could. Lots of fun feeding the seals and got to see them eat breakfast!
  • I never review anything, but really wanted to review this small great aquarium! We stayed nearby for a family vacation with our two kids ages 3 & 6. We decided to visit the aquarium in the a.m. before we checked out. We were all pleasantly surprised with how fun this little aquarium was for our family. Yes it is definitely small, so if you’re looking for a big aquarium experience this is not it. But our whole family enjoyed this aquarium more than the bigger one in Newport. All the exhibits animals are so close and you get to see everything so good here. Feeding the seals and the two very active octopuses were a highlight. We also loved the up close and personal touching portion of the aquarium. We went at 9:30 and we’re so blessed with the place to ourselves. I highly recommend this place to other families of children.
  • So much to learn here! It's small and privately owned but each tank is carefully curated and there is information on nearly every species, including information on the history of the building itself. My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to visit when an octopus in one of the tanks was very active, which I had never seen before. It was a very special experience! Both employees were also very friendly. At $8.00 a person, it's a pretty fair price. It takes some serious money to take good care of so many big animals. I'd also like to point out some false information in a previous review for here: The pool you can view the seals swimming in seems a little small for the group. There is a HUGE poster next to it that explains how the seals have free access to a larger pool and basking area behind the dividing wall, which is kept out of view in order to give them privacy from visitors. Seems legit. I wouldn't want people ogling at me all day either.
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