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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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  • It is a small little aquarium, but worth the visit. The seals are so much fun and you can purchase little boats of tiny fish to feed them. It was hands down the best part. Inside the aquarium there are actually quite a few creatures to see and their octopus on display is awesome. You also get to touch the starfish and other certain sea creatures. It was a lot of fun and my sisters and I truly enjoyed ourselves.
  • Small, but packed with tanks. Octopi, many species of fish, sea stars, seahorses, mollusks, lots of variety. Two touch tanks, attended by engaging guides. Young, but knowledgeable and personable. They both answer questions and volunteer info and, at least when I was there, spoke right to the kids and really held their interest. Admission price is very reasonable and kids under 5 are free. Feeding the seals is a must, at 2 bucks for a small stash of fish it was money well spent. Those seals love to ham it up for some fishy treats! My kid is still talking about their antics, days later. My 4-year-old happily spent 3 hours here, even knowing there is so much else to do in the area. Best value of our day in Seaside, without doubt. If your kid likes aquatic animals, don't miss it.
  • After reading other reviews, my family and I went in with the expectation of a small aquarium. It really is just one room, the front room is where you can feed the seals ($2/tray of fish). Admission is reasonable, $29 for a family of up to 6 people. There is so much packed into that one room. So many exhibits, tons of great information, 2 hands-on areas, displays with juvenile samples of sea life, an active octopus, and a station where the kids can make crayon rub drawings. Despite being small it's one of the best aquarium experiences we've ever had. Kids loved it!
  • I was excited to come here, since I loved the Portland aquarium, but it was shut down. Got in the entry way(which was a bit small) and we bought the tickets(which were decently priced). The place was very small but had some interesting sea life. There was also a hands on area where you could touch crabs and such. The tanks seemed kind of small and dark, and did not seem very clean. Finally, there was the seal tank. Though it was interesting to see the seals so close, they were in such a small space for so many of them, that they barely had room to swim. It definitely wasn't like the ocean.
  • I love this place! Growing up it was always so fun visiting seaside and coming to feed the seals. You can go inside and touch some of the sea creatures and they have a wide variety for it being so small. Really fun place for kids!
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