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 19, 2021
    pamelaao2018

    Well worth a visit

    We visited this aquarium on a cold and rainy day shortly after they reopened after being closed due to the epidemic. Some exhibits are indoors, some outside. The seabird exhibit is great--it's not often that you get to see a murre or a pigeon guillemot up close and personal. And there are sea otters!

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    June 14, 2021
    176777Z

    A wonderful experience!

    Our first trip to the aquarium. We were impresses. The indoor exhibits were well laid out and interesting. The large display tanks, especially the jellyfish tank. We really enjoyed the “passage” experience with fish overhead and below our feet, and on both sides. It was like being with them. The outdoor exhibits were fun…the otters and the seals. We had an up close and personal experience with one of the puffins which was great. Our only regret, the red octopus was not on display. That is a good reason to come back. I’ve already recommended this experience to some friends. Definitely worth the trip.

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    June 14, 2021
    anad19942021

    I loved it

    So great for explored, house keeping so great. So great taken care, really fun and mesmerizing. Such great experience, so amazing.

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    June 13, 2021
    Scenic789232

    Enjoyable experience

    Our visit to the aquarium, overall, was fun. I learned alot about coastal sea life and saw some fascinating anemones. Since Covid is still an issue we weren't able to touch the animals which was a disappointment, but will be great when the restrictions are lifted. However, the line at "Passages of the Deep" was so long we decided to pass on it. It would have been nice if a better system was created to see that shark exhibit.

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    June 11, 2021
    ramblinm

    Very cool Aquarium, 🐠 worth the admission 🐚

    Hey 👋 Ramblin man here! Checked out this Aquarium off the coast of Oregon and was delightfully surprised at the vibe and design of the aquarium packed full of plenty of sealift to gaze at and get photos of. Even has a penguin enclosure 😎

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