Aquarium near Hotel in North Seattle

28 Feb

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Appreciating the Sea World at Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium in Pier 49 is the ninth largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and among Puget Sound’s top draws. Learn of the aquarium’s many attractions.

From their exhibits, watch the large, fearful-looking yet very shy sixgill sharks, the mysterious and beautiful Pacific giant octopus, mesmerizing moon jellies, and then there’s the gregarious sea otters, river otters, harbor seals and fur seals. Be one of those enjoying a dive show in front of the huge 20’ x 40’ Window on Washington waters exhibit. It’s a breathtaking 120,000-gallon exhibit that greets you as you come into the Seattle Aquarium.

More than 800 fish and invertebrates – salmon, rockfish, lingcod, wolf eels and more – swim in and out of the exhibit’s large rock formations, which are also homes for anemones, sea stars, sea urchins and corals. These are indigenous to the Pacific Northwest’s local waters. You’ll see divers three times a day in this exhibit: at 10am, 11:30am and 12:15pm, and they also answer questions from the audience.

Another feature of the aquarium is the Underwater Dome, where a short tunnel leads you into a one-of-a-kind exhibit: an undersea dome with a 360º view into a 400,000-gallon tank filled with hundreds of fascinating Puget Sound fish. They hold fish feeding, daily at 1:30pm. See, touch and explore the sea life of Puget Sound tide pools, by touch-interacting with sea cucumber, sea urchins, hermit crabs, sea stars and anemones.

Then see a slice of the magnificent Pacific Coral Reef through the Aquarium’s 25,000 gallon community exhibit – brightly colored creatures and delicate habitats. Finally, take a walk outside in the beautiful open-air exhibit along the rough and rocky shorelines of Puget Sound, and find many species of shorebirds, many of them reclusive little creatures.

A Puget Sound Adventure Close By

Are you now ready to explore the underwater world of Puget Sound? Make a visit to the Seattle Aquarium. Staying at our North Seattle hotel, the Comfort Inn, just 8 miles away from the Aquarium, is an opportunity for education, fun and relaxation for the entire family.

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