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Oregon Coast Aquarium

2820 Southeast Ferry Slip Road, Newport, OR 97365
541 867 3474
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Ranked #5 of 19 attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Lake City, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a nice boutique aquarium with great exhibits. The photo on the website overstates the water tunnel, but it is nice with lots of small to medium sharks. It is the perfect size for a nice 1/2 day family adventure.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We were all surprised at how nice this aquarium was. My 5 yr old really enjoyed himself as well as my husband and I. We liked the shark tunnel quite a bit. It was great also to get up close and personal with the birds. Overall it was a great experience.

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Boise
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The admission price is steep and the gift shop prices were insane. But it was a nice afternoon spent with the animals!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The aquarium is small, and after having been to much larger aquariums I think this one is overpriced. However, my kid had a BLAST and since he's still pretty young (18 months) we were able to see the entire aquarium before nap time. I'd say this place is worth a stop in on vacation, just don't have your expectations too... More

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Seoul
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Experience a trip to the depths below the water. Large tanks of jellyfish lit up in the most fascinating colors. Enjoy giant octopuses and playful sea otters. This destination meets your needs of an aquarium and takes it to a whole new level. Adventure down to the "Passages Of the Deep" where you walk through long glass tunnels under water.... More

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North Fork, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

What a pleasant place to spend an afternoon! The aquarium is nicely designed with attractive habitats for the animals. There are 2 very interesting touch pools. The sea lion show was fantastic! With 3 different viewing areas you didn't miss a trick! There are numerous volunteers, all of which are very knowledgeable as well as friendly. An octopus even resides... More

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Oroville, Washington, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It cost $70.00 for my husband, mother-in-law (senior price), son (3 year old, and myself to get in. I feel it was very expensive considering that we got through the whole thing in an hour because of how small it is. Disappointing. The tunnel is really cool, but that is about it. Would rate higher if the price matched the... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Make sure to get a coupon from a local travel guide, because otherwise it's $20 per adult to get in, and $13 for kids 3 and up, which can add up quickly. The interactive play areas are great, but be careful on crowded weekends with small kids (under 3) because some areas are a bit tight, and little ones can... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

OSF previewed the newest play by Robert Schenkkan and what a gem. Can you believe a play that runs 3.15 hours with 2 intermissions could be so riveting? Get a ticket if you can. Go.

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Nampa, Idaho
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

kind of expensive, but really interesting and informative. The staff were really friendly and helpful. Could take your time and was not rushed. Enjoyed the way the place was set up. Also could take pictures thru out the whole place which was really nice.

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