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Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport

(4/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
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! Put Oregon Coast Aquarium on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Newport travel itinerary planner.
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  • We have been to aquarium all over the world and we love this one. We have been coming here for years and we feel like the animals are well taken care of and the exhibits are always interesting. Our ki...  more »
  • We had so much fun! Our granddaughters loved the station they could touch and feel the starfish and anemone. We saw many different sea creatures we did not know existed. The beauty of some, size of ot...  more »
  • My kids loved the hands on tide pools display, outdoor areas and the shark tunnel. I've been to several aquariums and this is one of the better ones. They have a wide variety of species and the displa...  more »
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  • It has lots of different hidden treasures inside. It seems as if it would be pretty small, but there is a LOT to see. There are schedules online to go when they are feeding the critters and giving presentations. Well worth the trip!!
  • At first I found this aquarium quite small, but as I started exploring the whole of the ocean opened up before me! We were able to see many different feedings (the sea otters and sea lions were highlights) and with some patience was able to see the giant octopus (when it wasn't superiorly hiding). There are some great views along the nature trail as well (after the awesome glass tunnels). There were a lot of people there when we went (Sunday afternoon during summer), and it seemed that they spread out decent enough to be able to enjoy it without getting bumped around. My favorite from the visit was playing "find the wolf eel" in several of the tanks (there is a whole family dispersed among several tanks, for safety reasons).
  • Took our two toddler sons. This aquarium is set up as a family friendly environment. Fun to explore and both boys loved looking around. They have rental strollers available if you need one. The stroller rides great on the gravel paths however it doesn't have a storage area for a diaper bag.
  • Pretty cool exhibit, not the best aquarium I've been to. It's a great place to see the larger sea life you won't find at the science center or by going to the beach. The shark tunnel is pretty cool, but with the glass floors young kids may be too afraid to walk it on their own. We got discounted tickets at a radio auction so it was really cheap. They also have season passes if you plan to go often
  • I brought my family from Aberdeen Washington to see this Aquarium. I have read that this is one to the top ten aquariums in the United States. The website looks way better than in person. The kids enjoyed it. Not too sure that I will go back as the price was kind of high for the experience.