Our Marine Mammal Morning

Because I’m the mother of two toddlers (ages one and three), I get to spend a lot of time as a tourist in my own backyard. This week’s adventure was a visit to the Seattle Aquarium on Seattle’s waterfront at Pier 59.

High-fivin' at Window on Washington Waters. Photo by Kim Ellertson

High-fivin’ at Window on Washington Waters. Photo by Kim Ellertson

When we first arrived at the Aquarium, we were instantly mesmerized by the Window on Washington Waters – the 120,000-gallon exhibit filled with more than 800 little critters swimmingly making their way by the window for us to view. The highlight of this exhibit is that divers go for a swim three times a day and we were there for the first plunge! My three-year-old was ecstatic to “high-five” the diver on duty.

We spent approximately two hours winding our way through the many exhibits – having hands-on exploration and touching starfish in Life on the Edge, watching the boys stare through the glass in awe at the 360-degree-view Underwater Dome, and of course watching the sea otters and seals as they flipped happily through their home. Momma Note: Bring a hat for your little ones as it can be windy on the outdoor viewing deck.

Chace and Ryder at the Seattle Aquarium's Underwater Dome. Photo by Kim Ellertson

Chace and Ryder at the Seattle Aquarium’s Underwater Dome. Photo by Kim Ellertson

The location of the aquarium is fantastic because there is so much to see and do along the Seattle Waterfront after your visit with the creatures.

We enjoyed a quick lunch at Fisherman’s, overlooking the Puget Sound – a gorgeous viewpoint to watch the Washington State Ferries as they go by. Momma Note: The server could tell we weren’t there for a leisurely lunch with our two little ones on the verge of naptime. She did an incredible job getting us in and out in 35 minutes!

Photo by Kim Ellertson

Photo by Kim Ellertson

We’d love to head back to Pier 57 for another afternoon visit because there are so many more attractions to see. Due to the aforementioned naptime, this family of four had to head home. Next Pier 57 visit will include a ride on the carousel and a spin on the Seattle Great Wheel.



About the Author

Kim Ellertson

Kimberly Ellertson is the Director of Marketing for the Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, also the place she calls her hometown. She’s a wife to an adventure-seeking husband and momma to two active young boys. She and her family enjoy exploring and outdoor adventure around Washington State. She’s also known to enjoy a girl’s night out with a glass of #WAwine from Woodinville in hand!

Kim Ellertson


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