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Hatfield Marine Science Center

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Fun and education too!

Free admission (donation requested) to this great place. Often you are greeted by the resident... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one place that is always changing, you have the touch ponds, wave generators, fish tanks... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tenmile, Oregon
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A series of informative exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center gives visitors a glimpse of hot topics in contemporary marine science research.
2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365-5296
+1 541-867-0100
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Free admission (donation requested) to this great place. Often you are greeted by the resident octopus (swapped out with wild ones regularly as they get caught in crab traps and brought in by fishers). On this trip there was no octopus - but there was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one place that is always changing, you have the touch ponds, wave generators, fish tanks galore, children love it, teens and adults will find it very interesting too. A must do during your visit. Donations accepted but not required.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ricky827
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This free (donations accepted) science center is great! It's big enough to be interesting, but small enough that everyone can wander without getting separated. There are lots of interactive exhibits. Kids were building lego buildings and enthusiastically setting off a tsunami to see if their...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just do it...this is a great place to take children or adults of all ages. Entry fee is donations and a suggested $5 per person or $20 per family. No one is going to turn you away for any amount of donation. This is an...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shirley G
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

The Science Center was an unexpected surprise along the central coast of Oregon. With lots of parking, vast exhibits, and very friendly staff, there is something for everyone. We had a few minor kids with us and they enjoyed the petting tide pools the most....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018

While staying in Newport for a couple of nights, we went to the Hatfield Marine Science Center where we have visited in years past, and immediately felt the lack of the presence of the octopus who has usually been front and center when one enters...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

This is a special place to visit in Newport, Oregon. It has very well done exhibits about the ocean. It is good for adults and children. I highly recommend the Oregon Marine Science Center.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mary Ellen Y
Reviewed November 14, 2018

This is a great stop for those with kids - although we learned a lot about the marine biology and fishing industry too.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

If you are hesitant to pay the money for the aquarium go to this place. It is great for families and fun for everyone.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank V867BFrayc
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Very informative, with well keep displays and tanks. The people volunteering there are always eager to answer any questions you might have. Hands on activities and things for the kids to do.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Diana M
July 16, 2018|
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Response from quietwoodsgrappler | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember. I haven't been here in at least ten or fifteen years,.
August 27, 2017|
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Response from VinoDonna | Reviewed this property |
From Memorial Day to Labor Day they are open daily. The rest of the year only Thursday through Monday.
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Syracuse, Utah, United States
Trip Report....Super Long! (7 Replies)
Here is a summary of our trip. We had a great time and owe so much thanks to all those who helped plan this trip! It was my husband and I, and our three kids who traveled (ages 4, 3, and 1). Two nights in Portland: I absolutely loved Portland! Two nights was not enough here and wish we could have spent more time. We visited Washington Park, which we thought was gorgeous. I wish we had a park that beautiful in my hometown. We visited the Pittock Mansion, which had beautiful views as well....More
September 12, 2012|
Response fromhalf-Brit|
Thanks for your comprehensive trip report :-) Too bad you had the fog in Newport - that's not "typical" summer weather but does happen when it's hot in the valley and the moist ocean air gets drawn in to land. Interesting point you make about the vacation rental and bears thinking about! I
Leslie S
Concord, California
Tillamook to Coos Bay: can it be done in one day? (18 Replies)
I am trying to determine where we should spend the night: Florence or Coos Bay or Bandon. I would like some feedback on how long it will take us to do the itinerary I have in mind. Leaving Tillamook in the morning, we will do the Otter Crest Loop Drive, stopping at Devil's Punchbowl State Park. Then to Newport to explore the historic Bayfront and the Hatfield Marine Science Center (which is FREE!). Then Yachats Coastline including Cape Perpetua (Devil's Churn, Thor's Well, Spouting Horn,...More
July 22, 2016|
Response fromLeslie S|
We are picking our adult son up from Mount St. Helens in WA then driving back to the Bay Area of CA via the coast of OR which we have never done even after 36 years :/ We will be seeing Portland, Astoria, Haystack Rock and Needles at Cannon Beach, the Tillamook factory tour, and then the trip I outlined in my query. After Bandon (where we may stop in to see a friend) we are headed to Redwood National Park for a couple of days of hiking. Our timeline is flexible. Thank you for the lowdown...More