The Alaska SeaLife Center is a popular aquarium and marine mammal rehabilitation center in Seward, Alaska. If you are looking for something to do on a day with poor weather, this is a great activity in Seward for families. And bonus – it’s a great hands-on learning center for homeschool or just encouraging your kids to explore and learn.
Location and Basic Information
The Alaska SeaLife Center is located at mile 0 of the Seward Highway at 301 Railway Avenue in Seward, right along the edge of Resurrection Bay. It is within walking distance of downtown Seward and the Seward waterfront. There is also a free parking lot. The center is open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
Children 3 & under are free. Children ages 4-12 are $17.95 ($13.95 if Alaskan residents). Military members are $25.95 ($22.95 if Alaskan residents). And adults are $29.95 (or $23.95 if Alaskan residents).
Highlights of the Alaska SeaLife Center
My kids truly enjoy the Alaska SeaLife Center. Their favorite parts are the touch tanks, the toy boat to play in (just being honest here), the penguins, and the stellar sea lions. It’s a very laid back and hands on environment, perfect to catch the children’s interest with hands on learning. One visit while we were there we watched an octopus crawl back and forth across the glass. We probably watched for over a half an hour – it was incredible!
Ben and I also thoroughly watching the Alaska SeaLife Center’s video on how they shifted the center to almost entirely being heated by water. It was fascinating and informative – and totally awesome to hear that they’ve made such a significant step to reduce costs and operate sustainably.
Our Honest Opinion
We absolutely love the Alaska SeaLife Center. That being said, there is something to make note of. If you are used to any other aquariums, this may be an adjustment for you. The first time we went was right after visiting the Georgia Aquarium…which meant the Alaska SeaLife Center seemed fairly small. Was this a fair judgment after having recently been to one of the best aquariums in the world? Probably not. But that was our honest first impression. That being said, the following year when we went back to the aquarium as a winter activity for the kids. We were thoroughly pleased with our time during this visit and found ourselves spending significantly more time there. We all agreed that after that experience we would definitely be back for more fun!
If it was a nice day in Seward, then I would choose to do something else. But if it was a rainy day and you need an inside activity, this is an absolutely perfect and highly recommended place to stop. (Or if you are in Seward during the winter…because winter is just cold, so sometimes you need things to do!)
Free Resident Wednesdays
The Alaska SeaLife Center usually runs free admission for Alaska residents on Wednesdays in the winter. So if you are an Alaskan resident, this might be the perfect free activity for you to enjoy! We try to go every year around Christmas as a special winter outing for our kids.
All in all, the Alaska SeaLife Center is a fantastic stop to explore with your family! So if you are in Seward, definitely keep the center in mind. And if you are looking for additional options to do while explore Seward, be sure to check out our guide to visiting Seward!