Oregon Undersea Gardens, Newport

1.5
#5 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Oregon
Aquarium · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
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  • This aquarium will be closed forever in a couple of days, so it was fortunate we were able to visit it now. The idea was cute... Go aboard a boat, go downstairs, see the fish. It's dimly lit, the fish waters are sort of green. There used to be divers that would put on a show (not now) and I can see how this used to be a popular attraction (say in the 70s and 80s). I do hope all the fish that live here will have a good home in one of the other nearby aquariums. The entire top part is a gift shop with not bad prices. To be honest, the best part was as we approached the attraction, I could hear sea lions barking and there's a public dock next to the attraction and dozens of wild sea lions (free to come and go in Yaquina bay) were sunning themselves on floating decks put there for them. It was so much fun to hear and watch them ..all the better because they were free and coming from way up North, I've never seen that before
  • Interesting but it's showing it's age. A remodel is very much needed and is past due. Some signs below with facts abut the species inside the tank would be a welcome addition. I understand the darkness as the species inside the tank live at depths were there is less light. Installing some LED lights in key spots such as stairs could be beneficial for folks. A few more species inside the tank would also be a welcome addition. Staff were friendly and the diver seemed to enjoy what he was doing.

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