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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    May 24, 2022
    villarrealalex16

    Disappointed

    Our experience was disappointing because of how much we didn’t get to see. Everything was under construction and I feel we should’ve been notified before purchasing tickets.

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    May 23, 2022
    chelseawilder

    Aquarium Review

    We drove all the way from Eugene to go to the aquarium I honestly thought it was going to be bigger.

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    May 23, 2022
    rubbingchug04

    I loved it.

    I came without children to just explore. A few favorite exhibits were closed but I loved the jellies nursery and can’t wait to come back and pet the octopus. Skipping petting jellies …..

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    May 17, 2022
    jessmB863TY

    Sea life magic

    Very chill. Not crowded so perfect pacing. Octopus and so much more. Friendly volunteers. Ray Troll exhibit which is person from Alaska. Nothing but great things. Found geocaches one in park one out! Recommend book Soul of an octopus 🐙

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    May 17, 2022
    MarioD241991

    Cool Aquarium but Pricey

    We had a great time here during our stay in Newport. I've heard about this aquarium for a while and was ecstatic to get a chance to take our 3 year old here. He had a lot of fun going all over the place and seeing something different. The puffins were amazing to see, love these little critters. The price of admission was pretty high for all the exhibits that were down and the construction though. Adult tickets maybe could go down especially with all of the traffic that goes through here.

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