Daily activities

There’s so much to do and see when you visit us!

A Seattle Aquarium volunteer holding a replica whale tooth out to a group of children, pointing to it while giving information about whales.

Learn From Our Experts

You'll find friendly and helpful staff and volunteers throughout the Aquarium who are happy to answer your questions and help you learn more about our many amazing animals and habitats. Just look for the folks in blue!

Daily presentations

Join Aquarium staff for presentations happening daily throughout the Aquarium!

Please Note: Presentation times are subject to change

A group of people listening to an Aquarium staff member talk in front of the Window on Washington Waters habitat at the Seattle Aquarium.
All About Our Washington Waters

Window on Washington Waters

10am, 11:45am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 3pm

Come experience the Window on Washington Waters habitat, devoted to marine life found in our local waters. You’ll meet the inhabitants of the rocky reef and kelp forest ecosystem found in the Salish Sea.

Three young children standing at the harbor seal habitat at the Seattle Aquarium looking at a seal through a viewing window.
All About Our Harbor Seals

Harbor seal habitat


Get to know the harbor seals that call Seattle Aquarium home! Learn how we care for them, and hear amazing facts about the most common marine mammals in the Salish Sea. 

An Animal Care Specialist at the Seattle Aquarium tossing a fish to a fur seal swimming inside a large habitat.
Marine Mammal Feeding

Marine mammal habitats


Join us for a feeding at one of our marine mammal habitats: harbor seals, sea otters or northern fur seals. The location changes daily—ask a Seattle Aquarium representative about which animals are scheduled to be fed when you arrive for your visit. 

Northern fur seal lifting its head out of the water while swimming in the fur seal habitat at the Seattle Aquarium.
All About Our Northern Fur Seals

Northern fur seal habitat


Come learn more about Chiidax and Flaherty, the northern fur seals living at the Seattle Aquarium. 

A sea otter floating on its back with its front paws above water as it looks towards the camera.
All About Our Sea Otters

Sea otter habitat


Join us for an introduction to our sea otters! Get to know more about this iconic endangered species and learn how we care for the individuals that call the Seattle Aquarium home.

A sea otter floating on its back eating the claw of a deceased crab which the otter holds on top of its stomach.
Sea Otter Feeding

Sea otter habitat


Join Mishka and Seiku, our delightful sea otter duo, for a feeding in their habitat.

Find your way around the Aquarium

Virtual Reality Experience: Flight Of The Mantas


Who: Aquarium visitors (must be at least 42” tall)
Where: Family Activity Center, adjacent to the Underwater Dome habitat.
When: 10–11:45am and 1–5:15pm daily; last session at 5:15pm. Schedule subject to change. 
Cost: $7 per person for Aquarium members; $9 per person for non-members.
Tickets: Available from the Guest Services counter at the Aquarium’s main entrance and in the Family Activity Center

Be mesmerized by our new virtual reality experience! With state-of-the-art motion seats and VR dive goggles that provide a full 360° view, you’ll feel like you’re really below the surface, swimming alongside the threatened manta rays of Mozambique. 

This immersive, six-minute experience, guided by Dr. Andrea Marshall, the first person in the world to complete a Ph.D. on manta rays, provides a beautiful—and rare—glimpse of these amazing animals. (Did you know that open-ocean shark and ray populations have declined by over 70% since 1970, due almost entirely to overfishing? You can help by voting for politicians who support robust fisheries management measures and marine protected areas, and by choosing sustainable seafood.)

Check ticket availability when you arrive for your Aquarium visit! Space for these virtual reality experiences is limited to four people per session, with sessions offered every 15 minutes. Seats and goggles are fully cleaned between sessions.

More to see and do

Porcupine pufferfish swimming in its habitat at the Seattle Aquarium

Get to know the amazing fish, invertebrates, birds and mammals that make their homes with us! As you explore the Aquarium, you may have the opportunity to see animal feedings or even animals being trained to voluntarily participate in their own health care. And our friendly staff and volunteers are always at the ready to answer questions and help you learn more. 

The Seattle Aquarium's caring cove exhibit play space showing multiple play areas for children.
Caring Cove

Discover Caring Cove, an open play space where kids can deepen their connections to marine animals and their habitats by play-acting a variety of animal care activities. Caring Cove features six different areas—many stocked with toy instruments based on the equipment used by our animal care staff—that encourage and support imaginative play for toddlers through children ages 8–10.

A young child leaning over a tide pool habitat at the Seattle Aquarium, reaching out with one finger to touch a sea star under the water.
Life On The Edge Tide Pools

Step up, lean over and reach in! Staff and volunteers are always nearby to identify the animals in the tide pools, answer questions and deepen your knowledge about Puget Sound. Even if you opt not to get your hands wet, you’ll still be enriched by the beautiful sights, smells and sounds of this habitat.

Catastrophe by the Sea

A musical, empathy-themed puppet show

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
10:30am, 11am and 1:45pm
In the Ackerley Foundation Puget Sound Hall

Come join Catastrophe the cat’s misadventure through the intertidal flats: Sing along to the groovy tunes of the Barnacle Band, dance to the rhythmic harmonizing of Anemone and more during our fun, 20-minute puppet show! 

Catastrophe by the Sea is based on the children’s book of the same name, which was written by Brenda Peterson and illustrated by Ed Young, and developed in partnership to support our work on empathy for wildlife.

Two children standing in front of the large glass window of an underwater habitat at the Seattle Aquarium. A scuba diver is interacting with the children from behind the window and within the habitat.
Scuba Divers

Be on the lookout for our scuba divers, who take to the water at different times throughout the day in our Window on Washington Waters habitat!

Wearing specialized masks, the divers are able to talk back and forth with Aquarium interpreters on the outside (or “dry side”) of the habitat and answer your questions. You'll have the chance to learn more about the various fish that you can find in our Washington waters during these unique encounters.

Limited-Time Special Engagements

Stay tuned for new special engagements coming soon!