Planning Your Visit

We're so happy you're planning to visit us!

Thanks for coming by! We want you to enjoy yourselves when you get here, so here is some information about accessibility, animal encounter schedules, admission rates, rental equipment, what to wear, shopping and dining at the Aquarium, as well as what else you can see in Newport.

Animal Feeding and Encounter Schedules

Be sure to check the animal feeding schedule and encounter schedule opposite the Visitor Services Desk near the Aquarium entrance. Animal encounters are for ages 8 and up and required advance registration by calling (541) 867-3474.


Free car and RV parking is available on site; parking spots are a brief walk from the entrance.


All Aquarium buildings are ADA accessible and wheelchairs are available in the main lobby (see rental details below). However, please be aware that many of our outdoor areas consist of dirt or gravel pathways that may be more difficult to maneuver for people with disabilities.


There is a covered picnic area between parking lots which our guests may use as needed. The area is open on a first-come, first-served basis. There are additional picnic benches along the estuary nature walk between the Aquarium and the nearby Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Smoke Free Environment

For the health of our animals, our guests and our staff, the Aquarium grounds are completely smoke-free. The parking lot areas can be used by smokers as needed, but we ask that you extinguish all tobacco products before entering the front gate.

Chewing Gum Free Environment

Chewing gum has the potential to harm the animals in our open exhibits such as the “touch tanks,” and play havoc with our complex water filtration system. As such, we request all guests throw out chewing gum prior to entering the galleries from the main lobby.

How Long To Stay At The Aquarium?

We suggest you plan to stay at least 1-½ to 2 hours in order to see the entire Aquarium adequately. Please keep in mind that one-third of our exhibits are outdoors, so it is always a good idea to wear layers of clothing as the coastal weather can change quickly. We also encourage you to bring hats and umbrellas.

Gift Shops

The Aquarium offers two extensive gift shops for your convenience. Additional shopping and dining can be found at the Aquarium Village next door, all along Highway 101 (Pacific Coast Highway), in the Nye Beach area, and on the historic Bayfront.

Learn more by visiting our Hours & Admission page.

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