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Oregon Undersea Garden, Newport

(1/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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  • The family and I thought we were looking at the bottom of Yaquina Bay, but after some sleuthing and reading the signs realized it was a tank set at the bottom Yaquina Bay. It does not have access to t...  more »
  • I remember going here as a kid and decided to take my kids as a getaway day to the coast. My boys are 14 & 8. You sit on bleacher style benches and watch the show (diver on the outside of the glass an...  more »
  • This is a straightforward look at the floor of the Newport Bay and its array of crabs, sturgeon and creepy looking wolf eels. The best part is if you time your visit with a show put on by a diver comi...  more »
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  • Ok now, I'm NOT saying to not go here!, But it was certainly underwhelming. That said it is a lovely reminder of our childhood. If you were born in the 70's or 80's you remember this sort of thing being FAScinating when you were a little one. Now-a-days kids have a different set of expectations. But there is still a place for this sort of attraction on the family road trip. The underwater exhibit itself is pretty outdated and bleak but the diver show is actually charming. Read over the microphone by a summer employed kid and the diver is obviously well acquainted with the animals in the tank, playing friendly with a crab, cuddling up with the eel etc. This ship is celebrating it's 50th year and I hear it is to close soon like it's sister ship did up in Victoria a few years back. So outdated or not it may be the last time you are able to see it! And it certainly is a funny piece of nautical architectural history. If you buy the pass for all three venues it's not a terrible price to entertain the little ones for an hour or more. Plan to spend some money in the gift shop as this space enters and exits through it.
  • I traveled 4.5 hours from Aberdeen Wa to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. We decided to purchase tickets to Ripleys, Wax Works, and the Underwater Gardens. I have to say it was the most disappointing part of the trip. My family made it in time for the 5 o' Clock show. It smelled of must and febreeze, and the hands on part was empty.
  • How on earth this place has a 2 star rating is beyond me! I have been going here since I was a kid and it was always amazing, so naturally since I'm a mom I want to create the same memories for my kids,, however we will NEVER be going back here again. This was a complete and total waste of $30. It's dirty and smells like urine that has been covered with a pound of Febreeze. The tank the poor fish live in is dirty and is a struggle to see into. I'm surprised here are not PETA people all over this place. There used to be star fish and octopus and all kinds of sea life in this place and now it's all fish and if all this weren't disappointing enough, the touch tank that used to be filled with anemones and star fish and so on is now filled with plastic toys and water. If I could rate less than 1 star I would. Truly a waste of time and money and severely disappointing.
  • Always fun and interesting to see all the underwater life in a natural habitat. Good workers, decent price, cool gift shop.
  • Undersea Garden is a classic 1960s era Roadside Attraction of the kind I rarely see anymore. It touched my heart. Of course, it does not have the variety and presentation of the bigger, more modern aquarium in town. What it does have is that personal, non-corporate aura of private individuals who are trying to show something of the native sea life to visitors in their own way. I love the kitschy statues of lions and headless Greek figures in the aquarium that the fish swim by and I liked the diver show in which a scuba diver handles some of the animals and rings a dinner bell to which the fish respond. I also appreciated that the narrative that went along with the show was mercifully devoid of the doom and gloom of impending extinction that is so common in narratives about sea life in other venues.