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Address: 2820 Southeast Ferry Slip Road, Newport, OR 97365
Phone Number: 541 867 3474
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Description: We invite you to immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean. The...
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!"
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Outside birds and inside sea creatures

Very compactly and thoughtfully designed displays in the aquarium and puffins,other water birds, sea lions, and sea otters outside! Two gift shops, coffee bar, and cafeteria to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Over priced. Go to the University free admission. The staff was friendly. The gift shops were well designed nicer than the exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Very compactly and thoughtfully designed displays in the aquarium and puffins,other water birds, sea lions, and sea otters outside! Two gift shops, coffee bar, and cafeteria to further occupy your time in this lovely aquarium. It wasn't as large as the Seattle, Vancouver, or Baltimore aquariums, but very educational with knowledgeable staff/ volunteers. Wear a hat if it's sunny because... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Rather small, especially for the price. Otter and sea lion feedings make it a little more of a value, and don't miss the "petting pool." But hoped for a little more, especially at that location.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This aquarium takes an hour to go through. It's very small and way overpriced. But it was fun for our kids. They especially loved the touch and feel sea beds. (Coming from someone who loves Sea World)

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My first time Oregon trip included the Oregon Coast Aquarium. I was so delighted with the well done combination of education and fun. We arrived early and thankfully so. The lines get long quick. Watching the otters get fed and learning more about them was great. But the best was the tidepool creatures you could see upclose and touch!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We've been here before.. and LOVED it!! We planned our trip and it was supposed to be sunny! Boy.. don't count on the weather! Most of the exhibits are outside. But this place really is incredible! We would have stayed longer to get our money's worth...because it was Pretty Expensive! But I was glad I looked online and found a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful, the displays were well explained, the passages of the deep exhibit and the aviary were my favorite. There is a cafe that I did not eat at as well as a gift shop. Would love to go back again if I'm ever in the area.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Don't make our mistake! We went on a rainy day, thinking it was inside. Most of the exhibits are not! It is family friendly. The children love the tunnel where sharks and sting rays swim overhead. They even have clown fish (Nemo), if your child likes that movie. Some hands on, and many up-close opportunities. $2 adult AAA discount (always... More 

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Gresham, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The price is a little high, but its money well spent. This facility is focused on education and conservancy. So much interesting information and hands on exhibits, 3hrs felt like just minutes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

The Oregon Aquarium is very family friendly, touch tanks, great setup for good photos of sea otters,puffins, and other undersea delights. The coffee bar is great, the gift shop has some interesting objects, and the cafe is good. Also watch h for Great Blue Heron in the ponds on your way in from the parking lot.

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