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Oregon Coast Aquarium

2820 Southeast Ferry Slip Road, Newport, OR 97365
541 867 3474
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Ranked #7 of 20 attractions in Newport
Type: Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: We invite you to immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a world-class marine educational attraction nestled on... more » Owner description: We invite you to immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a world-class marine educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. The Aquarium is a living classroom for all learning styles and ages. As one of Oregon's top tourist attractions, the Aquarium is a vital educational resource for the state, with over 40,000 students visiting the aquarium each year. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and plays an active role in conservation and animal rehabilitation efforts. Recognized both locally and nationally for its outstanding exhibits and educational programs, the Aquarium is the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the "Best Tourist Attraction" and "Best Summer Camp for Kids" awards from the citizens of Lincoln County, Oregon. Parents Magazine, Forbes Traveler, USA Today, 10Best(dot)com and Coastal Living named the Oregon Coast Aquarium among the top ten in the nation. The Portland Business Journal listed the Aquarium as one of the top five education-based nonprofits in the state and Spirit Magazine called Passages of the Deep "The coolest 50 yards on the Oregon Coast!" « less
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Bellevue WA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This place puts the Seattle aquarium to shame. Never overly crowded. The walk-through shark exhibit is amazing. Food is reasonably priced. Not a huge SeaWorld type place, easily walkable for most.

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Frederick, Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was such a fun place to visit. It is very kid-friendly with many interactive areas, including a beautiful touch tank. The staff was very friendly and patiently answered all of my son's many questions. There is so much to see here. My favorite were the jellyfish. They are so relaxing to watch. My son's favorite was the sharks. We... More

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Aloha, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

My kids really enjoyed the Aquarium. There were lots of marine animals to see. We looked the jellyfish exhibit the best.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I really expected more fish. The Passages of the Deep area was good with lots of sharks in one tank. There were some sturgeon in there, too. The aviary was really nice, it was cool to see some puffins up close. The sea otters and the seals and sea lions round out the highlights. The rest was poorly executed in... More

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Portland, Maine
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

From the great service to all the wonderful sea life there, this is a place you don't want to miss if your in the area. Children, Adults & Seniors alike. There is an adventure there for everyone! Thank you Oregon Coast Aquarium!

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Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

There are well labelled exhibits of all sorts of sea creatures as well as exposure to birds that are roaming all over the place. I never expected to be only a foot or two from a puffin with no enclosure separating us. The aquarium is very well done.

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Las Vegas, NV
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Awesome layout, great exhibitions, kid friendly but not overwhelming. Giant octopus scared me! Awesome views of the sea otters (cute), seals and sea lions. Not to be missed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It was a great place to see, our daughter enjoyed it also! It was a great addition to our vacation and we enjoyed it, it's a must see!

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Roseburg, OR
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We have visited this small, but well done aquarium on several different occasions (often with visiting friends and family) and are never disappointed. Perhaps not as large as some in bigger cities, but this is a medium-sized coastal town, after all. The exhibits are well done with very informative signage and docents around to answer questions. Our favorites are the... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We love visiting Aquariums in any travel destination, and would rate this aquarium as smaller than most, but offers more interactive fun for children. So a great place to visit as a family. Enjoyed viewing the sea lions and otters. Great staff here that really care. Large parking lot to accommodate motor homes and trailers. Admission cost goes towards the... More

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