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Seaside Aquarium, Seaside
(3/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The aquarium is definately sub-par, and unfortunately you have to pay the entrance into it to feed the seals. However feeding the seals is quite entertaining, lots of them know simple tricks and will ...  more »
  • I was not impressed with the place except for being able to buy fish to feed the Harbor Seals. That was fun feeding the seals. No bathrooms in the place which was inconvenient. 
  • Small, old, cramped, dirty quarters for the animals - especially the seals and octopus. I wouldn't patronize this place again. 
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  • We took our little one here and had a blast. We were originally pulled in by the billboard we spotted saying we could feed the seals. The seals were great, the octopus was really cool, all the tanks had great labels, and the touch and feel area was littered with cool little several hermit crabs and starfish. We loved that this place has been owned by the same family for generations and were more than happy to contribute our patronage. We will be back whenever we visit Seaside.
  • This is a fun place. The seals are fun to feed and have funny personalities to get your attention to toss them fish
  • 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!
  • Just forget everything else and enjoy the moment. Good fun place for kids for sure and I found it interesting as well. Get the whole package... touch something and feed the Seals, it was surely a fun visit. Well, many stuffs are in tank, if it is something that you are not going to enjoy, sorry... there is stuff that you can touch but be patient... spent some bucks to feed the seals, why not
  • The sea lions are so cute and fun to watch do tricks! I love all the variety of fish and the kids touch sensory area