Oregon Coast Aquarium
We invite you to immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean. A world-class marine educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay in Newport, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is surrounded by an established woodland and estuary where many of the species exhibited within the Aquarium flourish in their native habitat.
The Aquarium is a living classroom for all learning styles and ages. As one of Oregon's top tourist attractions, the Aquarium is a vital educational resource for the state, with over 40,000 students visiting the aquarium each year. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and plays an active role in conservation and animal rehabilitation efforts.
Exhibits at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are known internationally for the quality of their construction, maintenance and interpretation. Exhibits range from those you can touch and hear to those you can see and explore. Visitors experience the ethereal magic of jellyfish and the magnificent colors of the many varieties of fish. Enjoy watching sea otters, harbor seals, and California sea lions.
One of the largest outdoor seabird aviaries in North America is found here, featuring the popular tufted puffins, common murres and graceful pigeon guillemots. Around the corner, find an underwater cave inhabited by a giant Pacific octopus, one of the ocean's most intelligent creatures. With an arm span of over ten feet, it is thought to be as smart as a house cat.
The Aquarium's 1.32 million-gallon Passages of the Deep exhibit is an undersea adventure featuring 5,000 marine animals and allows visitors a 360 degree view as they walk through shark-filled waters in the safety of an acrylic walkway. Showcasing the diverse marine life found off the Oregon coast, the exhibit features three large ocean habitats, connected by a 200-foot underwater tunnel.
Great place to take the family! ! Favorite exhibits are the sea otters and the passages of the deep (shark tunnel) you can walk through the whole place in about 3 hours, or linger longer. Great gift shops. We saw a 10 minute show with a rescue pelican which my kids and I loved! For an extra $35 you can get kissed by a seal at 2pm, which I'm definitely coming back for! ! Cost to get in is high but it's for a great cause. ..rescuing sea life and educating people. Show your AAA card 4 a small discount. Great photo opps along the way! When you come out of the shark tunnel take a pic in the huge shark jaws!!
One of the best aquariums the family has been to. Great for all ages and definitely a full afternoon, so plan on spending some time here. It can be a lot of walking so for those who are older with limitations just a heads up. Great for kids of all ages including a playground to help the little ones get some energy out and give parents a break. Highly recommend putting this on the list to do, lots of awesome stuff to see (even the teenager enjoyed it....)!
Definitely for younger kids. I'd say 10 and under. Love otters and sea lions. Don't know why but was expecting more from the octopus exhibit. Jellyfish were OK but some were dead. Have teens 14 & 17 they thought it was good but we've been to better aquariums. Overpriced for what you get.
I took my family about a month ago. Very anticlimactic & expensive. There arent any cool exhibits. No touch pond, octopus, squid, big sharks, etc. Everything Is really kinda small & just there... Very bland. We will not b returning. Very displeased & will b diverting people from making the same mistake. If there were an option for 0 stars, that would have been my choice.
Great place to bring the kids. It's very pricey for the amount of time that you spend there. Not a ton to see but what they do have is very cool.