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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    January 4, 2021

    Fabulous experience

    Fabulous fabulous fabulous. Great experience fun for kids. They always want to come back the next day.

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    December 15, 2020
    John H

    Oregon Coast jewel reopens in time for the holidays

    The Oregon Coast Aquarium reopened last week with advance online admission tickets at set times and limited groups. We went at 10:30 AM on a Tuesday, and our group size was about 10. Safety measures are in place and well done. The attractions were great: otters, seals and sea lions, the walk-thru aquarium, jellyfish, and much more. Would go again the next time I’m down on the coast.

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    December 14, 2020

    Love this aquarium!

    I absolutely adore this aquarium! There is so much to learn if you take the time to read and take it all in. Whether you are in a hurry or want to spend the entire day here, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is a lovely way to spend time by yourself, with a significant other, or with anyone whose company you enjoy.

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    December 7, 2020

    Fun Newport Adventure

    Since the COVID restrictions meant only allowing 25 people in per half hour, the aquarium was gloriously empty. It was so nice feeling like we had the place to ourselves! It felt very safe with hand sanitizer everywhere. We used every last one of our allotted 90 minutes :)

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    November 21, 2020
    Ramona P

    Nice Day Trip

    There were a couple of exhibits closed but it is November. It was a nice day trip. They did have good covid protocols.

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