Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport

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#2 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Oregon
One of the nation’s favorite marine attractions, Oregon Coast Aquarium is still best remembered as the home to Free Willy’s star orca, Keiko. Dive into experiences of marine life at Passages of the Deep, wave hello to the Tufted Puffin at Seabird Aviary, and explore outdoor mammal exhibits to find out more about otters, seals, and sea lions. It’s so easy to immerse yourself in learning and wonder at this aquarium, especially as you pass through the acrylic tunnel surrounded by underwater wildlife. It is also possible to snorkel or dive in the tanks, or to spend a night sleeping under the sharks exhibit! A visit to Oregon Coast Aquarium represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Newport trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Not too big but have enough things to see for the entire family. Check for events before you arrive.  more »
  • Put this down as a 'must stop' destination if you're out in the Newport area. Great displays. I think our favorite was the octopus .... what incredible creatures! The volunteers are eager to explain t...  more »
  • no way to drop folks off when its raining, which seems pretty inconvenient, a pretty long walkway to get to doors, and even though it was pouring and there were only 10 of us, they wouldnt let us in t...  more »
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  • 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.

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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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