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“Exceeded my Expectations!”

Oregon Coast Aquarium
Ranked #3 of 47 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Exceeded my Expectations!”
Reviewed 30 July 2010

It was our first trip, and I found the property to be more like an aquatic zoo, with it's extensive exibits and size. There are temporary exibits, and I was impressed with the work and detail they put into something that won't be there forever. Beautiful wall murals, lots of cool cavelike tunnels to walk through as you tour the exhibit. Hands on places for the curious. Outdoor exhibits like the seals and sea lions, beautifully landscaped walkways, 2 giftshops, including a fudge counter (Got to mention the important things!), and nice, but kind of pricey, cafeteria. They also did not forget the restless and wild little ones and provided them with a play area complete with sea life sculptures to climb all over and hopefully get some of that energy out of them! And, of course, the showpiece of this beautiful aquarium- the Sea Tunnel, where you walk through 3, I believe, different tunnels that contain the actual water from the harbor flowing through them. They each contain different sea life, but the most exciting is the shark tunnel. You are surrounded on all sides, even under your feet, with fascinating creatures swimming all around you. You may also get you hand stamped and return again later on the same day. The price is worth it for this amazing attraction. After visiting the aquarium, drive just down the front street and go visit the Aquarium Shops. They are back off the street, so don't judge by what you see when you park. They have so many shops decorated up to look like a mariners village, with an emphasis on pirates. Pirate sculptues, and a small climb-on pirate ship for your little mateys. Good prices on souveneirs here, too.

Thank Makelifefun
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Modesto, CA
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“Great Bargain, Great Education”
Reviewed 28 July 2010

I had visited many years ago and this is a much improved aquarium. The Passages of the Deep is phenomenal. Loved every aspect of the attraction.

Thank Penguin2000
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Enterprise, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Cool aquarium, not very big but fun!”
Reviewed 16 June 2010

One of the really cool things about the Oregon Coast Aquarium is that every year or so they change one of their exhibit halls. Last time I went they were doing "Oddwater" it was a very neat exhibit, blown glass in with very exotic fish that you usually dont see! They just changed it this month to swampland creatures
It was fun, but didn't take very long to look through the whole thing! It was a little bit pricy but the touch pool was very cool, stocked full of very colorful starfish, urchans, anenomies, and other stuff. The shark tunnel was awesome, You can walk through tunnels submerged in the water of what used to be the take where they had the Orca whale "Free Willy" and see sharks, hallibut, and bottom feeder fish swimming above to the sides, and even under you! I also really enjoyed the bird exhibit, you walk in a big mesh wire dome that is filled with lots of birds, it is really neat to be in the Aviary with all the birds bathing, swimming and flying above you!
The place we were staying at gave us passes to go for free (Beachcombers Haven), otherwise we may have not even gone (only because we go to the oregon coast at least once every year and we have seen it so many times). It is really a neat aquarium, so if you have never been I really suggest going.

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Weiser, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A little overrated perhaps”
Reviewed 8 June 2010

Lots of rave reviews about this aquarium so we had to stop. The admission price was way steep for my liking - $15 for adults. The shark tunnel was great, as was the touch "tide pool" in the exhibit. We never could find the octopus. My advice would be to go early, like right when they open. Otherwise you will be surrounded by kids on field trips!

Thank Gypsyfrau
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Nampa, ID
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not as big as I thought it was going to be.”
Reviewed 7 June 2010

It was nice but much smaller than I thought it would be. It really didn't take us long to go through. From what we heard it was going to take up a large part of a day. A little disappointed for the price. Worth checking out if you need to kill a little time.

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