Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport

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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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  • We like to visit aquariums anyplace we visit. This was disappointing compared to other ones we’ve been to. For the small size of the place and amount of exhibits it was overpriced. The layout of the p...  more »
  • No crowds, went on a Wednesday afternoon. The feeding of birds and seals and otters was fun. No crowds, a bit rainy but, easy to see and hear the activities.  more »
  • For a small aquarium it took us 3-4 hours to see everything (we took our time and enjoyed the exhibits). Love the shark tank a small we spent plenty of time there looking for some great photos of the ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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