If the oceans are puddles formed from millennia of rain, fish are earth's eternal children, splashing about while more evolved landlubbers reminisce about their prokaryotic years. Tap into marine wonderment with today's Groupon to Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. Kids 3 and younger are admitted free. Choose between the following options:
• For $5, you get one single-day general admission for a child (ages 4–11; up to a $10 value).
• For $10, you get one single-day general admission for an adult (up to a $20 value). Students (12–17 or with ID) may purchase the adult Groupon (up to a $15 value).
Alaska SeaLife Center, an aquarium, research center, and marine–mammal rehabilitation facility, shares its buoyant riches with visitors through a diversity of educational exhibits. Varicolored rockfish and anemones bask in the shallow waters of the kelp forest exhibit, and the Windows to the Sea underwater viewing gallery allows guests to watch seabirds, sea lions, and harbor seals cavort about their watery pad. Puffins, black oystercatchers, red-legged kittiwakes, and other seabirds caper about a 105,000-gallon exhibit, showing off painstakingly perfected tumbling routines. The center is also a sanctuary for beleaguered cuties such as Margaux and Pinot, whom visitors may have the pleasure of seeing and delighting with Irish ballads.
Alaska SeaLife Center
Dedicated to studying and rescuing the animals of Alaska’s unique marine environments, the keepers of Alaska SeaLife Center facilitate encounters with marine life at an array of exhibits. Integrating the terrain of Resurrection Bay, the exhibits give guests an up-close view of animals at their most natural. Harbor seals sun themselves on the rocks, 2,000-pound steller sea lions glide ballerina-like through the water, and a giant Pacific octopus gestures with all eight arms during a solo rendition of “Y.M.C.A.” Alaska SeaLife Center’s veterinarians also work behind the scenes at the I.Sea.U, a refuge for rescued marine mammals that has helped rehabilitate otter pups, walrus calves, and beluga calves.