About The Aquarium
We invite you to immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean. A world-class marine educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay in Newport, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is surrounded by an established woodland and estuary where many of the species exhibited within the Aquarium flourish in their native habitat.
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.
Exhibits at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are known internationally for the quality of their construction, maintenance and interpretation. Exhibits range from those you can touch and hear to those you can see and explore. Visitors experience the ethereal magic of jellyfish and the magnificent colors of the many varieties of fish. Enjoy watching sea otters, harbor seals, and California sea lions.
One of the largest outdoor seabird aviaries in North America is found here, featuring the popular tufted puffins, common murres and graceful pigeon guillemots. Around the corner, find an underwater cave inhabited by a giant Pacific octopus, one of the ocean’s most intelligent creatures. With an arm span of over ten feet, it is thought to be as smart as a house cat.
The Aquarium's 1.32 million-gallon Passages of the Deep exhibit is an undersea adventure featuring 5,000 marine animals and allows visitors a 360 degree view as they walk through shark-filled waters in the safety of an acrylic walkway. Showcasing the diverse marine life found off the Oregon coast, the exhibit features three large ocean habitats, connected by a 200-foot underwater tunnel.
Parents Magazine, Forbes Traveler, USA Today and Coastal Living named the Oregon Coast Aquarium among the top ten in the nation. Spirit Magazine called Passages of the Deep “The coolest 50 yards on the Oregon Coast!”
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a private, not-for-profit aquatic and marine science educational facility offering a fun and interesting way to learn about Oregon’s unique coastal ecosystem. We are dedicated to teaching marine wildlife and ocean preservation through responsible management and exhibition of marine life. Our objectives are to develop and pursue conservation, education and research programs of local and global significance; to foster an awareness and appreciation of Oregon’s coastal environment, and the interdependence of our global ecosystem; and to serve as a community resource and recreational center. See, touch, learn, and discover at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, an adventure you’ll never forget.
As an American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) accredited institution, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and a better future for all living things. With more than 200 accredited members, the AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and a link to helping animals in their native habitats.