Seaside Aquarium, Seaside
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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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This was a great place. You get to feed the seals. They have touching tanks that are fun. It is a lot of fun for kids!
Visited as part of a quick trip to the coast. Having been in may aquariums nationwide this one was small and could use a little modernization, but what they had looked healthy.
If you are expecting a fabulous aquarium like in Newport, this is not it. But we had 12 family member all ages and it was a fun hands on place, small doesn't take long to go through and is a little sp... read more »
This place is small, but pretty fun. All of the aquariums have info tags so you know what you're looking at. They have an open tank in the middle with a live octopus chillin like a villain all cool calm & collected. We got there just in time to see the lady feed it a live rabbit! Very cool and interesting indeed. The seals were kinda boring and didn't want to eat the fish we bought, and the trainer really didn't know how to make them do any tricks. We were one of the lucky "special invited" guests who got to go in the basement room for the monkey & crocodile show, it freaked out my nieces for like a week. Good program though, and the choice of music was rad!
This place is awesome. Felt a little silly going without kids. Not for long. The hands-on displays were fun. The whole place is clean and all the animals are well labeled and we'll fed. The staff obviously care for every animal and are really knowledgeable. The seals!!! They are clean, healthy and happy. They each have their own personality and ways to get your attention. Very well worth the visit and we try to go back!
Do not stick your hands over the guard for the seals. I lost a finger trying to pet a seal there. The critter ate it completly so the dr could not even try to stitch it back on. A life lesson was learned that trip.
A small aquarium for a small town. The main attraction is definitely the seals who will perform tricks for the fish bits you can buy to throw to them and no, they are not above showing off to get the fish bits. The rest of the aquarium is a bit dark but there is a "petting" section where you can recreate the scene from Finding Dory where all the sea life are terrified of the fingers going in the water to poke them. Side note, the guy behind the counter was quick to point out that none of the critters actually have nervous systems and thus have no feelings. A bit sad that he missed the point. The gift shop is garden variety, give it a miss or not; it is nothing special.
This is a small aquarium that features a lot of local species. Feeding the seals is fun. The touch tanks are also interesting for small children. It's over priced for what they offer and there is no bathroom even for patrons who paid admission. If you're going to Newport, I'd skip this one and opt for that aquarium experience.
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