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“Very nice”

Exploration Center & Aquarium
Ranked #45 of 117 things to do in Newport
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Whether you're a local or just visiting the Newport area, the Save The Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium, with its beachfront location, is the perfect family destination. This interactive marine science center is home to more than 140 species from Narragansett Bay, three touch tanks, and a craft center. Children can get face-to-fin with lobsters, crabs, and fish from local waterways. With Newport's only ocean-facing beach just outside the front door, visitors can continue the beachcombing experience after their visit. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day Daily 10am to 4pm Open Labor Day to Memorial Day Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am to 4pm See website for more details
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Colchester, Connecticut
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“Very nice”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

The aquarium was a bit hard to find, the staff could have been a tiny but more knowledgeable, but if I remember correctly they're just starting out and it's for a terrific cause. There are only a few exhibits but they're great ones. It was very enjoyable in that it was interactive (you could touch a lot of the animals) and all species native to Rhode Island. We got to pet sharks, hold sea stars and crabs (including the cutest little horseshoe crab). The turtles, puffers, sea horses and moon jellies are amazing to watch, too. We would definitely go back in future months/years to support the cause and see how they grow down the road.

Visited July 2012
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