Alaska SeaLife Center, on Seward Hwy. (SR 9) at Milepost 0, generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. Highlights include Steller sea lions, harbor seals, Giant Pacific octopus and a sea bird habitat that allows visitors to get up close to puffins, red-legged kittiwakes and other Alaskan avian wonders.
Exhibits also include a jellyfish display, the hands-on Discovery touch pool and the Lifecycles of Pacific Salmon, which examines the life stages of all five species of Pacific salmon. More than 300 of the fish may be observed in 2,200- to 6,000-gallon tanks. Guided behind-the-scenes tours are available in addition to marine mammal, octopus and puffin encounters. Reservations for tours and encounters are recommended.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.
Save 10% on the admission price and select encounter experiences.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9-9, Fri.-Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Memorial Day-Labor Day; otherwise varies, rest of year. Behind-the-scenes tours depart daily at 10, 1:30 and 4:30, Memorial Day-Labor Day; otherwise varies, rest of year (under 12 not permitted). Marine mammal encounters depart daily at noon and 3, Memorial Day–Labor Day; otherwise varies, rest of year (under 10 are not permitted). Puffin encounters depart daily at 11 and 2, Memorial Day-Labor Day; otherwise varies, rest of year (under 10 are not permitted). Octopus encounter tours depart daily at 1, Memorial Day–Labor Day; otherwise varies, rest of the year (under 6 are not permitted). Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.