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 12, 2024
    Debby S

    So disappointed.

    Total waste of money. So disappointed. It was expensive and not much to see. Our local zoo has a better display for aquarium than Newport did. And by the way I don't consider otters to be aquarium species.

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    June 1, 2024
    Jedimasterkush

    Fun little aquarium

    M first time here and fun to be had. This aquarium is not as big as the Monterey aquarium but very nice all the same. To give you an idea we walked through all of it in a few hours. Worth a stop when you are in Newport.

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    May 27, 2024
    TheTravelbopper

    Always Fun

    We never get tired of this aquarium. Every time we visit New Port we go here. The only negative this trip was the renovations and certain exhibits being closed.

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    April 25, 2024
    EG970035

    Oregon Coast Aquarium

    The aquarium is still undergoing renovations, but is a nice visit for a couple of hours. Don’t expect a large aquarium but it is still fun for kids.

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    April 10, 2024
    mom22sons

    Nice size aquarium

    Nice aquarium exhibits and interesting for all ages. Has a play park for children, has a coffee shop and a cafeteria. Several exhibits inside including a tunnel with different sea life and fish. There are two jelly fish tanks. Sharks, large fish, colorful smaller fish. Petting tanks with starfish and urchins. Outside, there are sea otters and seals as well as bird aviaries. Nice gift shop with art, tshirts, stuffed animals, etc. Veteran, senior and AAA discounts. Perfect size for young children. Very enjoyable.

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