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“I love this aquarium!”

Oregon Coast Aquarium
Ranked #4 of 52 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Newport, on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Our mission is to create unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon coast and inspire ocean conservation. 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.
Reviewed March 5, 2012

This is our 3rd visit to this aquarium - we try to make it down here every few years. The exhibits are great for all ages. You can wander around and see exactly what interests you and check out the live displays, which are divided into separate "zone-like" areas, which makes it easy to go from area to area, depending upon how busy it is. If one area seems busy - maybe you arrived at the advertised feeding time and you'd rather not deal with crowds, you just visit another area and return, without "losing your place". They have a very good docent program, with volunteers situated throughout the aquarium to answer questions and provide info and many have science backgrounds, providing fascinating tidbits of info. The hands-on area is particularly interesting, where you can touch and feel various anenomes, abalones, etc (& have them touch and feel you!) Two small critiques: 1. There are wonderful photographs with accompanying editorial copy, which are often very difficult to read as they are in unlit areas with no spotlights on the written info. 2. Every time we go, we see lost people trying to figure out the entrance signs directing you into the parking lot and where to enter the aquarium. The signage could be improved upon. It's not cheap, but it's a very worthwhile place to visit - always enjoyable.

Thank Desdemona99
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

The aquarium is a great place for family fun. I love the jelly fish display. I can watch them forever! Tip: If you are planning on visiting more than oncein a year pay for an annual pass...it pays for itself!

Thank C S
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my day at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where I got to pet the rays and the tide pool creatures. It was a great way to prepare for exploring the tide pools at Haystack Rock.

Thank Kwachie
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

My children and I found this to be one of our highlight stops on our Oregon coast tour. Variety of ocean life is excellent, cost is very reasonable, staff excellent and helpful with questions, very clean facility, don't hesitate just go!

Thank Jason N
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Love this aquarium, and most of all, love watching my toddler grandchild light up at the sight of all the beautiful creatures.

Thank DonnaLMT
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