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“An Amazing Place - Good for Children and Adults” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium
2820 Southeast Ferry Slip Road, Newport, OR 97365
541 867 3474
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Ranked #6 of 18 Attractions in Newport
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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!"
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“An Amazing Place - Good for Children and Adults”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Oregon is rightly proud of its Aquarium. I enjoyed watching the sea lions and the otters being fed; I loved the Giant Octopus, but my heart and soul are calmed when I look at their incredible jellyfish exhibit.

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Santa Margarita, California
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“Great small aquarium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

This is a very nic little aquarium, perfect for a day's visit. It's not overwhelmingly large like Monterey, and also is not so crowded! They had great exhibits, including kelp forest, sea horses, jellyfish, marine mammals (loved the sea otter feeding show), and plenty of kids' activities. I had a very fun day and highly recommend it.

Visited October 2012
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“worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

all of it was interesting and fun but the indoor exhibits were especially worthwhile.
there is the pool that allows you to touch star fish and anemones. the jellyfish exhibit is breathtaking.
well worth your time and money

Visited October 2012
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“Great place for the grandkids !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

My wife and I took the grandkids to the Oregon Coast Aquarium this last weekend...they had such a great time. The staff was very friendly, and the things to look at are amazing...my grand daughters had an excellent time.

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“Excellent Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

This was well worth the visit. We did not quite know what to expect, but were very impressed with the tanks of sea creatures, and especially the feeding of the otters and the walk through shark tank. It's a bit pricey, but the photo of you (and your group) at the beginning of the tour is well worth it as it has the shark tank as the background, and I'm pleased to say that our pictures turned out quite well. This exhibit is suited for all ages.

Visited June 2012
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