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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    October 14, 2020
    kchaivoe

    Get AWAY

    Aquarium route was well thought out. Sanitation available at many stations especially areas where there is high contact rates. Able to spend enough time enjoying the exhibits and creatures. Visit was great and we had good looks at everything available. There is something to timed visits and less people.

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    October 14, 2020
    mcarter1031

    Organized perfectly for Covid

    The reservation system was an easy process and the aquarium was organized great for Covid. I didn't feel rushed or crowded.

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    October 13, 2020
    Stephen O

    Very good aquarium focusing on the sea life of the Oregon coast

    We had a very nice visit to this aquarium which focuses on the sea life and coastal birds of the Oregon coast. They have many nice tanks displaying the local sea life with excellent descriptions .Nice displays of jellyfish .There are outdoor enclosures for sea otters and others for coastal birds such as Puffins.The staff gave a very nice presentation on their sea otters while we were there. There is a nice gift shop. The aquarium has done a very good job of dealing with Covid-19, all visitors must move through the aquarium in one direction maintain social distancing and wear a mask. We felt very safe while visiting here. You should expect to spend 1 1/2 -2 hours here.

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    October 13, 2020
    belladudeck1

    So fun!

    It was nice that you could make an appointment, so there weren't many people there and everyone was able to easily social distance. I recommend getting tickets and going, a good activity to fill up a beach day.

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    October 13, 2020
    Compass549341

    Wow! Well done Covid precautions!

    Easy to follow one-way path to all exhibits and lots of signage for masks made this a very pleasant, low stress experience. Very clean surroundings and interesting exhibits. yes, I would recommend!

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