Alaska SeaLife Center Kicks Off Summer
May 24, 2019

Seward, Alaska (May 24, 2019) –The Summer season begins at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) today with longer hours, new tours, and more on the floor programming. Summer hours until August 18 are:  

Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday – Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

ASLC is excited to offer additional programming included in the general admission ticket. These daily programs will highlight the vital mission work of the Alaska SeaLife Center. Guests will have the chance to engage with staff as they care for our animals and do a special presentation. More information and a full schedule of our daily programs are on ASLC's website, www.alaskasealife.org.

Included in these daily programs are:

  • Meet the Center’s award-winning Education team at an Education Station. Guests will be able to learn more about species of Alaska, including marine mammals, invertebrates, and more.
  • During a SCUBA Chat: Divers Included watch ASLC divers in action and learn more about their underwater work.
  • Chat with ASLC Scientists during a Get “Down” with the Ducks presentation. Learn about the eider program and the fantastic qualities duck feathers can bring to a breeding season.
  • Keeper Chats with our avian keepers will give visitors a glimpse into the animal care taking place at the Center. From learning about the gossip of the aviary to getting new fun facts about the birds, guests will leave with further found information.
  • A fan favorite, Sea Lion or Seal Feedings will take place twice daily. Guests can watch as their favorite species get their daily meal, while talking with an expert.
  • Visitors can see and learn about how ASLC adopts techniques developed for domestic animals to wild animals during a Vet Chat.
  • Learn from our aquarium team about some of our exhibits and their inhabitants during a Feeding the Fish presentation.

Not only will there be daily programs, but summer encounters and experiences are back by popular demand. Explore more at ASLC with opportunities like: 

  • Shake “hands” with a giant Pacific octopus in the Octopus Encounter, and learn more about these mysterious and intelligent invertebrates. This 60-minute tour is offered daily at 1:00 pm and can accommodate a maximum of 5 people per tour, with a minimum age of 6 years old. Octopus Encounter tours are $74.95 per person.
  • On a Puffin Encounter, meet our resident birds and participate in feeding in the aviary. This 60-minute tour is daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and can accommodate a maximum of 4 people, with a minimum age of 10 years old. Puffin Encounter tours are $74.95 per person.
  • The Behind the Scenes Tour is guided walking tour through the Alaska SeaLife Center's back hallways and familiarizes guests with the scientific research, wildlife response, and other marine science programs. This 60-minute tour is offered daily at 1:30 pm, and 4:30 pm and can accommodate a maximum of 12 people, with a minimum age of 12 years old. Behind the Scenes, tours are $14.95 per person.
  • Sea Otter Experience tours will be offered twice a day: 12:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Join animal caregivers to observe a feeding or animal enrichment session in the outdoor otter pool. This 30-minute tour can accommodate up to 14 people per tour and open to all ages. The Sea Otter Experience is $24.95 each for ages 13 and older, and $19.95 each for ages 6-12.
  • Octopus Experience tours give guests a chance to immerse themselves in a world of suckers, tentacles, and beaks while observing an octopus feeding. This 30-minute tour can accommodate up to 14 people per tour and open to all ages. The Octopus Experience is $24.95 each for ages 13 and older, and $19.95 each for ages 6-12.

The Center recommends making reservations for all encounters and tours, call 1-888-378-2525. All tours and encounters require the purchase of general admission. Current general admission prices are available online. Tickets to the Alaska SeaLife Center support expert animal care, scientific research, and wildlife rescue.

About the ASLC

Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a private, non-profit research institution and a public aquarium. It generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit www.alaskasealife.org.

High-resolution photos and video available from media@alaskasealife.org or 907-224-6334.

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