Parents Magazine Names Oregon Coast Aquarium Among Top Ten For Kids

July 17, 2007

The evaluation is based upon a survey, experts’ recommendations and site visits

Parents Magazine has named the Oregon Coast Aquarium among the best aquariums for kids in the United States – the latest Top 10 honor for the world class Aquarium. The article, “The 10 Best Aquariums for Kids,” appears in the August issue of Parents Magazine, available on newsstands beginning Tuesday, July 17 (see article here).

The Aquarium was lauded for its natural setting, interactive displays, touch pool and Passages of the Deep, an exhibit that runs through a 200 foot underwater tunnel with live sharks, rays and skates. The article also highlighted the Aquarium’s educational programs including its educator-led kayak tours and school lab programs.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is the only aquarium on the list not located in or near a major metropolitan area. “Our location is both an advantage and a challenge,” said Aquarium President Dale Schmidt. “The beautiful setting is a little off the beaten path, which makes it all the more incredible that we continue to draw people from all over the world and receive national attention for the quality of our exhibits and educational programs.”

The full Top 10 list includes:

  1. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
  2. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta
  3. John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
  4. New England Aquarium, Boston
  5. Florida Aquarium, Tampa
  6. Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California
  7. Atlantis Marine World, Riverhead, New York
  8. Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, Oregon
  9. SeaWorld Adventure Parks, Orlando/San Antonio/San Diego
  10. National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland

The Aquarium is also listed among the top ten Aquarium’s by USA Today and Coastal Living.

In developing its top ten rankings, Parents Magazine relied on site visits to the top aquariums, the recommendations of an expert panel and the results of an exhaustive survey that evaluated the number, creativity and educational aspect of each aquarium’s interactive features. It also graded the aquariums on the quality and kid-friendliness of their exhibits, services (like changing stations), staff and educators, special programs for groups and families, and conservation efforts.

Parents Magazine – the oldest parenting magazine in the United States – circulates more than 2 million copies and reaches 15 million readers a month. The magazine focuses on the daily needs and concerns of contemporary mothers of young children in its print edition, a website, through regular podcasts and the Goodyblog.