Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon State University, Newport

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Part museum, part active science lab, Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon State University operates thanks to Oregon's flagship university and sits right next to the Yaquina Bay. The facility's public education wing houses a visitor center, featuring exhibits that showcase everything from new developments in modern marine research to the local fishing industry. You won't want to miss the major daily event--the feeding of the center's giant octopus, which occupies a large tank at the entrance into the exhibit area. The center strives to teach the public about ocean resource management, microscopic sea life, tide-pool habitats, and the effect of tsunamis on fragile coastal environments. Although admission is free, you can make a donation at your own discretion. Put Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon State University into our Newport itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Newport.
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In Newport, the majority of the lodgings are inside old, renovated grand Victorians near the coast or cottages close to the beach. If you're interested in accommodations on the water (cove, bay, or beach), look into the city's inns. The Yaquina Bay area provides excellent views and access to the nearby national park of the same name, while a few economy accommodations are located in the town center.
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  • We visited the marine science center after the aquarium. My boys had a great time at both places. We spent a lot of time at the interactive exhibits. We would definitely visit again.  more »
  • The science center is a must see if in the area. Entrance fee is by donation and they suggest $5.00 or $20 per family. Wonderful attraction for all ages, the young kids were enjoying themselves. They ...  more »
  • This is a cool hands-on marine educational place, a part of Oregon State University. Very impressed and this is such a great place to take kids. Hands-on exhibits, cool tidal pool petting tanks, sand,...  more »
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  • I love this place. Donations are accepted yet not expected. Some can't afford to take an entire family to the oregon coast aquarium so going here is a great alternative. There's so many things to learn from, so many things to interact with. The kids love it and it always looks as if the adults are enjoying it also. I appreciate this facility and all that they do. 100% Amazing in my book. A must see if in Newport.
  • Stopped here on a recommendation from a friend. I think it is more catered to little ones. My 9 year old wasn't feeling it and neither was I, but I could definitely see younger kids having a blast. Plus, it is by donation so even though a lot of people say they love that it is "free", you should still donate because they are doing important work.
  • This is a great place to visit for a rainy day activity. The hands-on aspect of the science exhibits are great for kids. They have a touch pool with live creatures, and a pretty cool octopus that you can watch them feed. Admission is free, but they do request donations (which can be given by credit/debit card). You could easily spend a couple hours here.
  • HMSC isn't just an aquarium - the exhibits cover other aspects of marine science. Information is interesting, interactives are fun, and the selection of animals is interesting (some quite unusual), healthy, and well-cared for. I found it a great complement to the aquarium across the road (which I also like, as I'm mostly interested in invertebrates), well worth the suggested donation. Why not check out both? If you want a big aquarium experience with a lot of marine mammals, you'll be disappointed, but if that's what you want you'll probably need to head down to California anyway. HMSC is great - I'll have to go back for octopus feeding time.
  • For being free this place is pretty cool. Depending on how old your kids are you could spend an hour or two walking around. They have the tide pools just like they do a the aquarium and they're just as nice.