Hospitality Days for Lincoln County

April 19, 2012

Oregon Coast Aquarium thanks Lincoln County hospitality employees with free admission to the Aquarium during its seventh annual Hospitality Days, May 1-24. Employees at hotels, motels, restaurants, food service workers and gas station employees will get in for free and they may bring two guests for half price admission each. 

“We know that when visitors ask about local attractions, hospitality employees often send them to the Oregon Coast Aquarium,” said Carrie Lewis, Aquarium President and CEO. “We’d like to say thank you and give our neighbors a chance to rediscover the Aquarium. Coastal businesses rely on each other—we’re interdependent in many ways and we want to reach out and say thank you in a meaningful way.”

Hospitality employees will be asked for proof of their employment in Lincoln County by showing a pay stub or employee identification.  Additionally, they may bring two guests who will be admitted for half of regular admission each.  There is no limit on the number of visits through Thursday, May 24.

Lincoln County hospitality employees who take advantage of Hospitality Days will have a chance to rediscover their local Aquarium and be reminded why it brings people from all over the world to come within inches of sharks, sea otters, seals, sea lions and one of the largest outdoor seabird aviaries in North America.  They can get a sea lion kiss or shake hands with an octopus for an additional fee (visit for information on animal encounters), or enjoy learning about the animals during daily animal feedings for no extra charge. A schedule of daily activities and feedings are posted in the main lobby and on the Aquarium’s website.

The Aquarium is unique from most other aquariums, because it exists within its muse. Surrounded by an established woodland and estuary, it is literally connected to the ocean nearby, where many of the species exhibited within the Aquarium flourish in their native habitat.

One of Oregon's top tourist attractions, the Aquarium is also 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.

Parents Magazine, Forbes Traveler, USA Today and Coastal Living named the Oregon Coast Aquarium among the top ten aquariums in the nation. Spirit Magazine called Passages of the Deep “The coolest 50 yards on the Oregon Coast!”