Oregon Coast Aquarium

2820 South East Ferry Slip Road
541-867-3474

About Us:

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.


Reviews

Caitlyn Gillaspie

Rating:
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

This is a must-see place if you are visiting the Oregon Coast. Perfect for the whole family. I really enjoyed visiting this aquarium. It is much larger and more interesting than the one where I am from. I think they could have a few more exhibits, but it’s nothing to complain about. The Newport, Oregon aquarium had amazing volunteers that were eager to share facts and answer questions. The aquarium was a million times better than the under sea gardens! I had a really fun time!

Kari Morrow

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Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

One of my favorite places to go! This is an excellent aquarium with a focus on northwest species. I have been going here for many years and have always enjoyed every exhibit, even the ones that never change. For those who have never been here, several exhibits are outdoors. During winter weather make sure you have raincoats and waterproof shoes for outdoor walking. The outside paths are gravel and puddle during rains. There are many things to see you can easily spend 2+ hours here. While I love this place, my only complaint and the reason for the 4 stars, is the price. It is pretty spendy for a family and continues to rise. Be sure to check online so you are aware of cost ahead of time. It has become a little more commercialized since when I first started going there around the time when it first opened. I completely understand the reasoning behind both the cost and investing in ways to get you purchase pictures, souvenirs etc. It's too bad it has to be that way. Aside for those, it is an excellent place to visit and to educate yourself about the northwest coast.

T. H.

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Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

We went to here as part of our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. Having come down from Seattle, we had stopped by a few aquariums on our trip and I have to say that this was one of the best cared for, most beautifully done aquarium I have ever seen. The staff were very friendly and the grounds were clean and beautiful. I have some amazing memories of this place and I look forward to going back when I have a chance.

Alexia Brenholtz

Rating:
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Very nice little aquarium. It has nothing indoor and outdoor exhibits. Lots of detail on the animals. It's a good place to go both in all different types of weather. There are limited exhibits outside so your not in the rain too long. I love the shark tunnel and it is both above and below you as you walk through the exhibit.

Bárbara Calderón

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Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

We had such a nice day here! I fell in love with this place. Was my first time ever going to an aquarium and I completely loved it. My favorite part was the sharks, and I saw how they feed them, I didn't want to leave the sharks area haha. The people that works here is super nice, they answered all the questions I made and they explained everything super good. We will definitely coming back to this place.