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.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5/5 TripAdvisor Traveler Rating based on 3096 reviews


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    December 6, 2023

    A nice way to spend an afternoon!

    We liked that the weather allowed us to go to the various outdoor exhibits at the aquarium without getting rained on! We especially enjoyed watching the little cute sea otters (AKA "sea pigs"!!) get fed at 3 PM as the cute little one closest to us had the crab leg shells tossed to it cracked open and had gobbled the meat of the crab leg down within about 5 total seconds while the fish pieces that were tossed to it were gone in about ONE second!! I told the little girl in her dad's arms next to us watching that they were "little pigs" and her dad had to explain the joke in that! At least two exhibit buildings were closed due to having fairly loud work going on in them, so as much as they could, the staff had moved marine life from those areas to other spots on the grounds and in the buildings. Because it was my birthday on the day we went, I was given a VERY nice discount for the entrance! Thank you to the staff!!

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    November 29, 2023

    Good visit and am definitely hoping to go back after new construction.

    The exhibits that were open were amazing. Did not realize that some of the main exhibits were closed for construction, so a little disappointed by that, but understand that is required for improvements. We overall enjoyed our visit and learned so much. My one negative comment would be that the gal at the ticket booth was rude and condescending, and therefore started things off on a negative note that took a bit to recover from. Initial impressions are everything!!

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    November 7, 2023

    Great and stimulating environment and experience

    Visiting with an overall great experience. But the only thing I think would’ve made it even better would’ve been the other exhibits open but I understand it was under construction. Other than that all the employees would amazing and knew how to answer questions about the animals nicely and it was a very educational experience as well.

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    November 6, 2023
    lisa w

    Worst Aquarium I have ever been to!

    Worst aquarium I have ever been to! And I have gone to many -NY, FL, MN, VA to name a few states. They did let us know that there were a couple exhibits under construction BUT they did not tell us it was MOST of the aquarium! $50 to see 2 otters, a sea lion, 3 kinds of birds and 2 small areas with fish. I LOVE supporting Aquariums and Zoos - this just mad me angry.

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    October 17, 2023
    Nol P

    Nothing but 5 stars...

    An amazing place to stop in and visit! Staff educational and friendly! Loved seeing my seal friends and otter friends! Love them! A very nice day start and before driving to Bend for 4 hrs with a stop on route to there! Got me in the right frame of mind to drive safe and make it safe seeing this nice aquarium first! One cute guy smiled at me no kidding and gave me a tear! Thank you! I was first in line too after the day before big time rain fail! At 955 am!

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