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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    September 22, 2022
    tlovec

    Go!

    What a great experience! Highly recommend, honey and I did without kids= that’s a first. Very impressed! The environment is so unique and intriguing. Will go back for sure… maybe bring kids next time.

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    September 20, 2022
    uNKnownTanker

    A place for everyone

    Some of the exhibits were closed for remodel but our kids and grandkids g=had a wonderful time and experience

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    September 20, 2022
    beachlover682017

    Disappointing Visit

    The aquarium was under construction - and no notices were posted. There were many exhibits that were so small - or had no animals. The Aquarium seemed almost deserted, and although the cave structures were cool - they served no purpose. Would have preferred more outside exhibits to have more than one animal swimming around.

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    September 12, 2022
    weaselpotpie

    Fantastic trip

    We had a ballast. Our guys for both the behind the scenes and jelly touch Abby was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable on every thing! Would happily do again.

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    September 12, 2022
    isaacmH557MH

    Too packed

    You guys should really go back to set time ticket’s I couldn’t enjoy anything because there was 8 families looking at one thing and there was no room to even look

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