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.

The Secrets of Shipwrecks exhibit features the decades-old discoveries from underwater exploration, including shipwreck artifacts and interpretations of historic wrecks — no SCUBA gear or submarines needed.

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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  • TripAdvisor Rating
    May 9, 2020
    Y H

    Nicely Done!

    Very interesting display of fish in different categories such as deep sea and close to shore. Very nicely done and a great place to take some fantastic photos! Things were a bit hectic as there were many "unsupervised children"; but can't blame the aquarium or the fish for bad behavior, maybe the parents??? Otherwise, a very nice stop.

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    March 16, 2020

    Not worth the price.

    Not worth the price for the amount of exhibits. It was around 70 bucks for two adults and one kid(7 years old). It’s also mostly outside so dress for the weather. Won’t be back.

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    March 15, 2020

    Small-size Aqauirum, Well Maintained and Interesting

    We have visited this aquarium a few times now. It is nice, very small if you are comparing it to the Long Beach, CA or Monterey Bay Aquarium. If you are on the coast with kids, it is fun to visit.

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    March 15, 2020
    Robert B

    Holy overpriced time waster

    Having grown up in the area when this was being built, I had high hopes for taking our 5 year old. Extremely overpriced and not enough to keep you entertained more than an hour at tops on a good day.

  • TripAdvisor Rating
    March 5, 2020

    Is it bad? No but here is a tip...

    If you have been to another aquarium, I don’t this one offers anything above and beyond. It’s not bad but here are my picks instead that are cheaper and better. You can see seals and lots of sea life at low tide at the Yaquina bay tide pools. It was cool to see them naturally. Imagine a natural aquarium. I think I saw more aquatic creatures there than in this entire building. You can also go to the docks and see sea lions often. We went in the off season and you could still see them swimming about. I feel like overall this was more of a time suck than anything. I did like the up close look at the otters but mostly it was just average.

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