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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    December 5, 2021
    Essie_Eugene

    Great Staff & Value

    visited the zoo for the first time with my disabled father over thanksgiving weekend. staff allows 1 per free caretaker ticket per disabled person which is so kind. they also have wheelchair rentals which is super convenient for not having to transport one as my father doesn't require one except for sustained walking trips. there was some construction going on but they made that clear on the website if you do your research ahead of time. overall nice little aquarium for the price.

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    December 3, 2021
    Jamie42Montana

    Wish we could see the otters.

    It was difficult to see the otters. We saw one for a few seconds and he was adorable! Wish I could have seen him better. That was my primary reason to visit. The jellyfish exhibit was amazing though. Got some fantastic photos!!!

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    December 2, 2021
    magnessgreg

    Very nice aquarium

    The aquarium was very nice lots of educational displays, history and information. A great place for all ages.

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    December 2, 2021
    Ccatfamily

    Construction

    We drove from Eugene after planning our trip to the aquarium. On arrival we overheard a dispute where the party was refunded and allowed to go inside for free due to construction and no notice. Very upsetting to come all this way and have stuff all blocked off and boarded up.

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    November 24, 2021
    hawkinsse1

    Must See!

    This is the best place to spend some time while visiting Newport. We really enjoyed walking through the water tunnel as well as, being able to touch some of the marine animals. Would highly recommend!

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