Built in 1997 mainly by funds from Exxon Valdez oil spill fines, the Alaska SeaLife Center is a not-for-profit working towards public education, marine research, and rehabilitation. Visitors can see two two-story high habitats for sea birds and sea lions, get hands on with sea anemones, learn more about the waters around Alaska and the Valdez spill, and admire the spectacular view of Resurrection Bay off the back deck. Occasionally park rangers and aquarium staff offer presentations about the marine life in the area.

Most of what goes on at the center, though, is research and rehabilitation. For an additional $5, visitors can take the behind-the-scenes tour and see what the aquarium is doing to help. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for youth (4-11), and free for children 3 and under.