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Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum

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Address: Ellingson Street and Highway 101, Depoe Bay, OR
Phone Number: 541-912-6734
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Definitely went into this excursion thinking we weren't going to see anything. That morning we booked the trip over the phone from Portland. The woman I spoke with to make the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Faran F
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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Late November not as good as the December whale watching. Museum also on limited hours. The salt water taffy was a tasty substitute.

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Definitely went into this excursion thinking we weren't going to see anything. That morning we booked the trip over the phone from Portland. The woman I spoke with to make the reservation wasn't very inviting, but I assure you she is a down to earth woman. I was so pleased to have chosen to be on this tour with Carrie!... More 

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Thank Faran F
Kansas City Missouri
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We stopped by one day when the marine cover was so thick-which is common-to go out in the boat. It was informative and had lots of shark displays which pleased the kids. I would not plan the day around for it but it was definitely worth an hour of browsing.

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Thank TravelinGal16
Newport, Oregon, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I went to Carrie's for the best experience. Carrie does not only offer these tours, but is also a research biologist specializing in whales. Carrie can identify the whales and has names for them. I was thrilled by the whole experience, seeing many whales diving, breaching and fluking. The biggest thrill was when a gray whale dove under my boat... More 

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Thank Katherine H
Santa Rosa, California
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

The movie prior to the boat trip was very interesting and informing, the captain of the boat was very experienced and we saw several whales doing several things, we paid for 1 hour and were out for nearly 2.

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Thank Suzanne M
Tenmile, Oregon
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Fascinating place! We take my granddaughter when we go and she has a ball. They have age appropriate entertainment that educates and amuses. Watching the whales is great!

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Thank Marilyn M
Orlando, Florida
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

We were able to tour museum before our whale watching tour. Very interesting to see the different sea life in the area. Great video on the whales. Fun place

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Thank vwirth
Spring Hill, Florida
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

I love those magnificent whales!! What a thrill it was to see the resident pod of Gray Whales in Depoe Bay with Carrie Newell. She will take a small group (6-10) people out close to shore to see the Grays. Carrie has dedicated her life to studying the Grsy Whales. She knows all of them by heart and will tell... More 

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Thank Marjie F
Nebraska
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We went here hoping to get on a whale watching tour but it ended up being canceled so we walked through the museum. Its interesting and we stayed and watched some of the videos they put on for us including the one about blowing up a dead whale that was beached.

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Thank SaB_globetrotter
New York
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353 reviews
165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

They monitor the whales that have been seen out in the Bay on a daily and hourly basis. This is interesting. The docents are enthusiastic and informed. Kids will like seeing all the shark and whale bones and other interesting items pertaining to marine life. Free admission. Rest rooms. Food for purchase.

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