Seaside History

Episode Three: the Seaside Aquarium

June 23, 2013 | by Nate Burke

On the beach since 1937, the Seaside Aquarium is the oldest privately owned aquarium on the West Coast. The building was constructed in 1924 where it originally served as a salt water bath house and swimming pool (commonly known as a “natatorium”). The natatorium closed in the early 1930s, and after a series of renovations opened as the Seaside Aquarium we know today.

Ep 03: The Seaside Aquarium (audio click here)

Where: on the beach at 200 N. Promenade, just north a few blocks from the Turnaround

Directions: At the intersection of highway 101 and Broadway, turn west down Broadway and continue 4 blocks to the intersection at Broadway and Columbia. Turn right and proceed north two blocks to 2nd avenue. Turn left at 2nd avenue and proceed west towards the ocean. Look for the Seaside Aquarium parking lot on your right.

Hours: Summer hours 9am-7pm daily. 9am-5pm daily for the rest of the year. Call (503) 738-6211 for further info on hours of operation.

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