Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport

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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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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
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  • We love the Oregon Coast Aquarium! So much to see and do. Affordable and fun! The folks who work there are all so friendly and helpful. We will be back!  more »
  • Another fun adventure that we waited way too long to see. After living in the Pacific Northwest for 40 years we finally made it to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport Oregon. What a worthwhile visit ...  more »
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  • Spring break weekend, and a busy place! Grounds are clean and well kept, the exhibits are in great condition, staff super helpful. (Need more bathrooms) it is a bit pricey, but I understand sales are part of upkeep. Great visit and we will come again.
  • One of my favorite places to go! This is an excellent aquarium with a focus on northwest species. I have been going here for many years and have always enjoyed every exhibit, even the ones that never change. For those who have never been here, several exhibits are outdoors. During winter weather make sure you have raincoats and waterproof shoes for outdoor walking. The outside paths are gravel and puddle during rains. There are many things to see you can easily spend 2+ hours here. While I love this place, my only complaint and the reason for the 4 stars, is the price. It is pretty spendy for a family and continues to rise. It is comparable to other zoos and aquariums. Be sure to check online so you are aware of cost ahead of time. It has become a little more commercialized since when I first started going there, around the time when it first opened. I completely understand the reasoning behind both the cost and investing in ways to get you purchase pictures, souvenirs etc. It's too bad it has to be that way. Aside from that, it is an excellent place to visit and to educate yourself about the northwest coast. If you are planning on going more often than once in a while, check out the membership options.

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