Oregon Coast Aquarium

Take a deep dive into marine science at one of the nation’s top aquariums.

An icon of Newport, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is a public aquatic and marine science exhibition facility offering educational programs. Exhibits showcase seabirds, marine mammals, fishes, invertebrates and plants primarily native to the Oregon Coast.

Sandy Shores showcases the narrow ecosystem where land meets water along the Oregon Coast. Highlights include replicas, interactive programs from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, feathery sea pens and color-morphing flatfishes.

Rocky Shores features habitats for the fearsome-looking but gentle wolf eel, rockfish and a wide range of sea stars, limpets and other invertebrates. The centerpiece of this gallery, the Touch Pool, lets visitors gently interact with tide pool residents like sea stars, anemones, abalones and crabs.

Coastal Waters is home to moon jellies and Pacific sea nettles and a California kelp forest. Close-up exhibits harbor bizarre off-shore animals including the Pacific hagfish. The “At the Jetty” exhibit spotlights survival issues of coho and chinook salmon. Extending into the courtyard with a large wall-to-wall viewing window, it is one of the aquarium’s larger indoor displays.

Passages of the Deep is a 1.32-million-gallon exhibit featuring three expansive ocean habitats connected by a series of tunnels stretching under water, creating a sense of walking beneath the sea. Visitors experience nearly 360-degree views of the 3,500 sea creatures. The exhibit is designed for guests to view the changing underwater landscape, from Oregon’s rocky coastlines to the open sea environment far off shore.

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    June 8, 2023

    Great time

    My husband and I had such a great time at the aquarium - the behind the scenes tour was tons of fun, highly recommended!

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    June 6, 2023
    Julie W


    Loved this aquarium! Seeing so many of the animals outdoors is a treat. The feedings are informative & interesting.

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    May 31, 2023

    Beautiful facility

    My grandson went to the aquarium last year with his parents. He loved it so much he wanted to share with his grandparents. It’s a wonderful facility with some unique features that are magical.

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    May 31, 2023
    Alyssa B

    Great Day

    Always a classic visiting the OCA, clean and welcoming and super great for the little ones. Thanks for having us!

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    May 23, 2023

    Morning trip

    Went in about an hour after opening not sure if that affects the amount of animals not being in their enclosures. There isn't much to see other then jelly fish, fish, small sharks, seals, birds. Honestly, not sure if its worth the ticket price.

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