Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport

One of the nation’s favorite marine attractions, Oregon Coast Aquarium is still best remembered as the home to Free Willy’s star orca, Keiko. Dive into experiences of marine life at Passages of the Deep, wave hello to the Tufted Puffin at Seabird Aviary, and explore outdoor mammal exhibits to find out more about otters, seals, and sea lions. It’s so easy to immerse yourself in learning and wonder at this aquarium, especially as you pass through the acrylic tunnel surrounded by underwater wildlife. It is also possible to snorkel or dive in the tanks, or to spend a night sleeping under the sharks exhibit! A visit to Oregon Coast Aquarium represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Newport trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We went on a really rainy day, but the super knowledgeable volunteers were outside with us, explaining the exhibits. The tunnel where there are sharks and fish above and below you was fantastic...  more »
  • Great stop if you have a couple of hours to enjoy the local ocean and its inhabitants. Quick on and off the road with ample parking. Very cool exhibits  more »
  • Love it here. While not the largest place, they do take care of the animals and change and update exhibits to keep visits fresh. More than an aquatic zoo, they try to educate people on conservation and pollution which affects humans almost as much as the animals. Some people think the price is high, but it's not cheap to not only maintain the animals but to keep them happy as well, and the animals certainly seem happy to me!
  • Great aquarium! Well designed exhibits. Really enjoyed the sea otters. Seapunk exhibit was very well done and fun for all ages. Like how they focus on the local ocean environments. Pro top - get your tickets online and skip the lines at the door. It can get very busy a peak times. They have a dedicated line for prepaid admission!

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