Ocean World
Ocean World
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Ocean World – A Crescent City Jewel for Three Generations Since 1964, Ocean World, formerly Under Sea Gardens, was located in the Crescent City harbor small boat basin. It was a barge built specifically as an aquarium in Seattle and floated down to Crescent City. Visitors would descend below deck of the barge and view sea life through under-water observation windows. In 1985 the barge was moved to dry land and now consists of sea-life environments housed in tanks containing over half a million gallons of water and an abundance of sea life, including sharks, seals, sea lions, and rays. Visitors are able to enjoy a true hands-on experience with interactive tide pools, shark petting, as well as a high-flying sea lion presentation of behaviors; truly something for the whole family.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Missy B
    Polk, Ohio71 contributions
    Great place to visit
    Drove by and saw sign for aquarium, we stopped in. Amazing tour, loved the touch tanks, petted the shark many times. The seal show was amazing and brought me back to my youth. Stop here, you won’t regret it, and the gift shop is amazing too! Plus the staff is so friendly and knowledgeable!
    Greetings, Missy. Thanks for your kind words and feedback, we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our tour and your tour guide as well as our touch tanks! We appreciate your recommendation to others and hope you'll join us again next time you're traveling this way!
    Written February 7, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Kathleen S
    West Linn, Oregon2 contributions
    Loads of fun and petting a shark
    My nephew and I went here 3 times during our week long visit. It was a lot of fun. The highlight of course was getting to pet a leapard shark. The sea lion seal show was fun. The tour was sun and informative. The price was well worth the experience.
    Greetings, Kathleen! Thanks for your kind words and feedback, we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our tour and your tour guide as well as our touch tanks! We appreciate your recommendation to others and hope you'll join us again next time you're traveling this way!
    Written February 7, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Kevin
    Mendocino, California167 contributions
    Family Fun and Educational at the same time
    This is a small aquarium by many standards. My wife wanted to go but I was hesitant for many reasons. Bottom line, it was well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the exhibits were tastefully done and maximized the available space. The aquatic life appears to be well taken care which was one of my initial concerns. If you have kids I would definitely recommend taking the tour, there is a "tide pool" where you can touch various aquatic life found in tide pools. An area where you can pet a shark as it swims by and a cute show put on by trained sea lions. Our only regret is that we did not have our grandchildren with us! It had the potential to be hooky but it was so well done it was anything but, a definite recommendation on my part.
    Hi Boomer Thanks for your kind words and feedback, we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our tour and your tour guide as well as our touch tanks! We appreciate your recommendation to others and hope you'll join us again next time you're traveling this way!
    Written February 7, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
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Madelyn R
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Couples
Sad. Small tanks. Dirty water. Feel terrible for these animals being trained - they’re obviously not happy and only doing these things for food. Guide said they were “training out negative behavior” in a sea lion for simply…sitting? Forced him to get back in the water. I don’t think any of these animals should be being forced to perform. I felt really guilty for just being there. They also do not wear masks, nor do they require masks for their guests. Before the owner responds with a snarky “we don’t appreciate your unfounded comments” line, I don’t care. You should be prioritizing the safety of your employees and community & groups of 10 should still be wearing masks even if they come together. And let’s be honest, y’all are not busy enough for this to be a reality. We were grouped with 7 strangers and none of them were masked. It’s ridiculous. The bathrooms were disgusting and there was no soap or toilet paper.
Written January 25, 2022
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Hi Madelyn, We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit with us, and that we couldn't add your name to extensive list of happy guests. As a reminder, our animals are all rescues who would have otherwise perished without intervention. We do not use artificial habitats, instead opting for a re-creation of the natural oceanic habitat that they would find in the wild. Our seals and sea lions especially, live well beyond typical life-expectancy in our care, and are not performance animals, rather animals who are loved and cared for each day by our staff and enjoy sharing their behaviors. They only present when they feel up to it, and are never forced. We appreciate you sharing your concerns with us, and wish you all the best.
Written January 26, 2022
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Kevin
Mendocino, CA167 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a small aquarium by many standards. My wife wanted to go but I was hesitant for many reasons.
Bottom line, it was well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the exhibits were tastefully done and maximized the available space. The aquatic life appears to be well taken care which was one of my initial concerns.
If you have kids I would definitely recommend taking the tour, there is a "tide pool" where you can touch various aquatic life found in tide pools. An area where you can pet a shark as it swims by and a cute show put on by trained sea lions. Our only regret is that we did not have our grandchildren with us!
It had the potential to be hooky but it was so well done it was anything but, a definite recommendation on my part.
Written December 18, 2023
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Hi Boomer Thanks for your kind words and feedback, we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our tour and your tour guide as well as our touch tanks! We appreciate your recommendation to others and hope you'll join us again next time you're traveling this way!
Written February 7, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jimlimo18
Baltimore, MD22 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Relatively small aquarium, but decent place to spend an hour or 2, especially if the weather is bad and/or you’ve got small kids. The aquarium has a couple of touch pools which the little ones will like. You have to go with a group and be accompanied by a tour guide who will take you through the exhibits and then end with a demonstration with the sea lions and harbor seals.

Written August 1, 2020
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HI JimLimo18, Thanks for spending time with us and for your support for our mission to share love for all sea creatures, large and small. We appreciate your business and feedback. We hope you'll visit again soon.
Written August 3, 2020
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Chris L
Ithaca, NY81 contributions
Apr 2022
Its a great little place to visit that is very unique in it's set up. You get a personal tour and a little show with the sea lions and seals at the end. The price was a bit steep for what you get, but not too bad. Very large gift shop where you could, (and we did) spend a lot of money.
Written April 12, 2022
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Hi Chris, Thank you for taking a moment to share your feedback with us in the TripAdvisor community! We're happy to know that you enjoyed visiting us and taking our tour! We appreciate your kind comments and hope you'll join us again some other time and wish you all the best.
Written May 3, 2022
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L6Ranch
Idaho123 contributions
Aug 2023
I'm a little jaded after visiting larger aquariums. The docent was friendly and engaging and we all enjoyed learning more about some of the fish that were housed here. Petting the shark was interesting. It is probably a balancing act between allowing guests enough time to look, and keeping them engaged/moving forward, but our family tends to hang back from the crowd and take things in a little more than was allowed for on this tour.
Written August 20, 2023
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Hi Hopeydopey86! Thanks for your feedback! For the safety of our guests and animals under our care, we cannot allow folks to be without a tour guide. Additionally, our guides offer detailed information about all our exhibits to ensure each person is treated to an educational experience in a fun and entertaining way. We hope you'll bring your family back to us again in the futre.
Written February 7, 2024
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Ivie B
Grants Pass, OR2 contributions
Feb 2022
Been meaning to visit this place for years, and glad I finally did. The tour was entertaining and informative. Our guide (sorry I didn't catch his name) was very knowledgeable and had answers to all our questions. The tanks were clean, and the animals all seemed happy and well cared for. The sea lion (Cora?) was especially excited to show off. Perfect way to spend an hour or two and still have energy left to see other things around the city. Well worth the price of admission.
Written February 14, 2022
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Hi Ivie! Thanks so much for taking a moment to share your feedback with us in the TripAdvisor community. We're proud to know that you loved your visit with us and found our staff to be knowledgeable and our animals well cared for! We appreciate your business and look forward to having you join us again some other time!
Written February 15, 2022
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Roxann H
Ann Arbor, MI26 contributions
Aug 2022
We just happened to pass this on the way to our hotel and my daughter who loves sharks really wanted to stop. I thought it would be just a gift shop gimmick, and warned her that it was probably a few aquariums and not much more. Boy, was I surprised. There was a few fun exhibits and quite a few marine animal exhibits. The show at the end was an extra bonus. The staff was incredibly friendly and informative. If we lived near here we would probably visit every year, because it was friendly and fun. And, the real expert, my 16 year old daughter said, it's true it isn't big like the aquariums we usually go to, but it was so unique and special it was fun and of course she was thrilled that she got to pet a shark!!!
Written December 8, 2022
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Hi Roxannh519, Thank you for your five-star rating and kind comments about our friendly and informative staff and exhibits! We're so pleased to know that you and your daughter enjoyed your time with us, we appreciate your business and support and hope you'll join us again some other time!
Written December 12, 2022
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Kathleen S
West Linn, OR2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
My nephew and I went here 3 times during our week long visit. It was a lot of fun. The highlight of course was getting to pet a leapard shark. The sea lion seal show was fun. The tour was sun and informative. The price was well worth the experience.
Written July 28, 2023
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Greetings, Kathleen! Thanks for your kind words and feedback, we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our tour and your tour guide as well as our touch tanks! We appreciate your recommendation to others and hope you'll join us again next time you're traveling this way!
Written February 7, 2024
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Courtney S
3 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
My husband and I had so much fun getting to go see all the marine life there. We got to pet a shark and the tour instructor was extremely knowledgeable. It was her first day doing it by herself and she did an outstanding job. We will definitely be coming back here!
Written March 5, 2020
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Hi Courtney! Thanks for taking a moment to share your feedback with us, we're so happy to know you enjoyed your visit with us and found our guide to be very knowledgeable! We look forward to having you back to see us again sometime!
Written March 7, 2020
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Missy B
Polk, OH71 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Drove by and saw sign for aquarium, we stopped in. Amazing tour, loved the touch tanks, petted the shark many times. The seal show was amazing and brought me back to my youth. Stop here, you won’t regret it, and the gift shop is amazing too! Plus the staff is so friendly and knowledgeable!
Written July 19, 2023
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Greetings, Missy. Thanks for your kind words and feedback, we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our tour and your tour guide as well as our touch tanks! We appreciate your recommendation to others and hope you'll join us again next time you're traveling this way!
Written February 7, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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