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Oregon Coast Aquarium

2820 Southeast Ferry Slip Road, Newport, OR 97365
541 867 3474
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Ranked #8 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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Pocatello
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96 reviews 96 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great place so many interesting things to see. Between this place and the Aquarium that's next door you could spend all day.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the aquarium and especially the puffins. We got to see the otters being fed. During the feeding the handlers explain how much the otters eat and other interesting facts. For an extra fee you can have the opportunity to get a kiss from a Sea Lion. Maybe next visit. :-)

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Marcellus, New York
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161 reviews 161 reviews
33 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We have been to a number of aquariums and zoos and this particular aquarium left the entire family feeling quite underwhelmed (and the parents a bit dismayed given the cost for the short visit). The only thing the kids found interesting were the tidepool creatures. We spent perhaps an hour at this facility in total, so it was quite expensive... More

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Boise, Idaho
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Such and enjoyable time. It seemed like the walk through part has lost a few of the fish and shark that use to be there. It was peaceful just to sit and watch them swim around. They have lost the huge octopus that was there. It was fun watching the otters just lay on their backs and float around. There... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Passages of the Deep makes the Oregon Coast Aquarium unique among all others. The experience of walking through a plexiglass tunnel surrounded by sea creatures of every kind was truly amazing. There are many child friendly, hands on exhibits as well. The grounds are lovely and beautifully landscaped which adds to the ambiance. Don't miss the outdoor bird exhibits or... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were excited to visit this Aquarium and we try to visit other aquariums during our trips. They need to clean this place up. Not well maintained

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Montrose, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Our family visited this aquarium twice and loved it both times. It is a great place to visit and the staff were very friendly and nice. Our (3) children range in age at the time was between 10 and 21 and all they enjoyed the aquarium as well. Great family time!

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puerto Vallarta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Well put together and rich with displays and information about the Oregon sea life. Sealions and otters plus aviary.

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Arlington, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I always end up going to the Aquarium at any city that I visit. This one was very nice and it was just a lot of fun. It worth going if you are into the aquariums or just need something to do and want to go out.

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Mill Creek, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This aquarium is lots of fun! We had a blast with the presentation on the turkey buzzards, lots of interesting information. Loved the jellyfish tanks and the Deep Water exhibit. Check the schedule for the presentations so you can see the feedings - the otter feeds were so cute! After you leave the aquarium, be sure to check and see... More

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