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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Despite the small footprint of this aquarium, the marine life, displays and experience was wonderful as a family excursion. As avid scuba divers, we appreciate the diversity and quality of the... more »
The staff are very friendly and helpful! They are quick to help and they knew their animals! With the staggered entry times, it was never crowded and you could spend as much time as you liked to... more »
We go to the aquarium once a year and the kids always have a great time =) It is pretty small compared to other aquariums I have visited in other cities, but it is super clean and that walk through.... more »
Love it here. While not the largest place, they do take care of the animals and change and update exhibits to keep visits fresh. More than an aquatic zoo, they try to educate people on conservation and pollution which affects humans almost as much as the animals. Some people think the price is high, but it's not cheap to not only maintain the animals but to keep them happy as well, and the animals certainly seem happy to me!
Great aquarium! Well designed exhibits. Really enjoyed the sea otters. Seapunk exhibit was very well done and fun for all ages. Like how they focus on the local ocean environments. Pro top - get your tickets online and skip the lines at the door. It can get very busy a peak times. They have a dedicated line for prepaid admission!
I'm not a big fan of aquatic life, but this aquarium is pretty good. The underwater tunnel was cool, but the best part is how kids react to the experience. If you have kids, this is a must visit location on the Oregon Coast. It was a little pricey, and the whole photo thing was very Disney Land, but they got to meet operating budgets some how.
This is one of the nicest aquariums I have visited. The exhibits are well curated, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. We loved the new Steampunk exhibit and the sea otters. The underwater aquarium is amazing and gives a great view of the wildlife. The kids had a great time and loved the animals. We visited on a Friday afternoon, and it was not too busy. There are plenty of places to cool down or warm up.
Very good spot for family trip. I hope they will invest more and expand thw facility. NW has such a great natural resources, this facility is not enough.
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