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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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I was unsure about visiting, my only other aquaruim experience was Shedd in Chicago and it left me never wanting to go to another one. I found Oregon Coast Aquarium to be clean... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2013
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Stanwood, Washington, United States
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77 reviews 77 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

My best comparison is the Seattle aquarium. This aquarium is very nice and very well done, and seems very small. We loved watching the otters get fed (10:30 1:30 and 3:30) and hearing the presentation. The other displays are well done. Some minor construction as others have noted. A nice visit if a bit pricey for what you get.

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Hoquiam, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This was a nice aquarium, but a little on the small side for the price. There were some really nice exhibit areas for small children.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I was unsure about visiting, my only other aquaruim experience was Shedd in Chicago and it left me never wanting to go to another one. I found Oregon Coast Aquarium to be clean, bright, beautiful. The underwater tunnels are full of sea life and really fun to expreience. I enjoyeyd the touch pools a much as the kids. I found... More 

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Newport, OR
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17 reviews 17 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We liked this aquarium as much as the ones in Monterrey, CA and Boston, Ma. This time, we really took our time looking at all the smaller exhibits, including the touch pool, where volunteers encourage you to feel the various animals and talk about them. The underwater tunnel is comprised of three long sections and hundreds of fish, sharks and... More 

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Portland, OR
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I must say that for the money I was very disappointed. It's very small and does not have that much to see. I've been to many aquariums and this rates the lowest. The seal exhibit was closed due to construction, which was very frustrating as that seems to be one of their main highlights. It would have been nice if... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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83 reviews 83 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Construction going on but you can't get around that sometimes. Very clean. Nice volunteers. Get there early. Got really busy as we were leaving.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

This 2nd visit, the first visit was 2000, and after 13 years the one would think it would have expanded a little. A price of $5.00 is more apropos for this aquarium. Part of the problem is that few exhibits that are worth looking at the, the shark tunnel halibut flats are where most people loiter so these exhibits are... More 

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Becklab, Marketing Director at Oregon Coast Aquarium, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit. If you are able to make it back, and should choose to come visit us again please let our staff know about the concerns you had from this recent visit. They would be happy to point out some of the many highlights that you might have missed if... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

So much fun. A lot of information & fun exhibits. A little spendy but well worth it. Pretty amazing if you can catch feeding time.

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Albany, Oregon, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

It had been a while since we visited the Aquarium, and when we found out it was free - my wife's birthday - wedecided we could'nt pass that up! Caught the otters being fed, so that was cute. Had a wonderful visit & a free birthday picture, too. Alwas a great place to visit, even if you don't have kids.

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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Love this place. It mostly focusses on animals that live on the Oregon Coast. My favorite exhibits are the giant pacific octopus & the shark tunnel. So much to see & learn!

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