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Hatfield Marine Science Center

2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365
541-867-0100
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Science Museums
Description: A series of informative exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center gives visitors a glimpse of hot topics in contemporary marine science research.
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
27 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We drove by this place on the way back from a very windy hour crabbing. Kids were freezing so we decided to pop in and see what the place was about. It was great. The tsunami exhibit and hands on models were so much fun. The fee is by donation so it is affordable for all. This would be my... More

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Gresham, OR
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70 reviews 70 reviews
4 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

One of the best attractions for young and old alike. Great visit. Girls liked the octopus and the "hands on" activities. Well done and it is free!

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Spokane, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Great activities for kids and adults. Interesting talks, interactive displays and enriching educational experiences for the whole family.

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Victor, Idaho
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I thought this would be a quick stop on the way to aquarium. I was wrong. Take time for this place. There is plenty to keep both children and adults engaged for hours. The volunteers were very friendly and informative, and had an answer to every question I could come up with. It was easy to tell they love what... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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32 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Should be on everyone's list to do. Tsunamis, earthquakes, fish, shellfish, aquatic things to touch - plus plenty of serious and impressive scientific stuff for those inclined. It is very hands-on. Our grandkids loved building with legos, then crashing them with a tsunami wave. And it's free! (Contributions requested.)

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was an excellent stop and the kids had a great time. Best of all, it was free! The exhibits were well done and informative.

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paulden
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a lovely learning experience and they don't charge an arm and a leg for large families, it was $20 for all of us. We donated a little more on the way out since we really enjoyed the visit. We especially liked the learning hands on tide pool where we could touch sea cucumbers (very soft not prehistoric feeling... More

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Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Not a large place, but it has interesting exhibits and lots of hands-on experiences really put the emphasis on kids at this place.

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited on a rainy day and it was busy. Lots of scientific displays and info about marine research.

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Portland, Oregon
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38 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Hatfield Marine Center is free entry, donation suggested. They have quite a few volunteers who are very knowledgeable and eager to share information with adults and kids alike. The touch tanks are lovely and the interactive exhibits for the kids keep them entertained and engaged. They have a nice selection of fish to look at. Overall, I would say... More

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