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Food & Refreshments
The Ferry Slip Café offers a variety of tasty options for Aquarium visitors and the public to enjoy. All entrées are offered for less than $9. The Café also offers customized catering service with nearly 150 menu items for guests to choose from for special events at the Aquarium.
*Please note that our café is closed on Monday and Tuesday during Winter Hours. Limited food options are available through our Coffee Bar.
Ferry Slip Café Coffee Bar provides delicious drink and snack choices for our guests of all ages. Enjoy a variety of coffee beverages, smoothies and soft drinks. Or if you're feeling a little peckish, try a freshly-baked muffin, pastry and other delicious snack options. The Ferry Slip Café Coffee Bar is located in the Aquarium's main lobby.
The Aquarium offers two extensive gift shops for your convenience. Additional shopping and dining can be found all along Highway 101 (Pacific Coast Highway), in the Nye Beach area, and on the Newport's Historic Bayfront.
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 gravel pathways that may be more difficult to maneuver for people with disabilities.
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.
Length of Stay?
We suggest you plan to stay at least 1.5 to 2 hours in order to see the entire Aquarium adequately. Please keep in mind that 1/3 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.
Free car and RV parking is available on site; parking spots are a brief walk from the entrance. In addition, we have reserved curb space for school buses and group tour motor coaches to unload/load passengers. Drivers, please utilize the RV lot for waiting.
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.
Pet and Service Animal Policy
Due to the health and safety issues of Aquarium animals, pets are not allowed past the front gates. The exception to this rule are certified service animals, including seeing-eye or hearing-ear dogs. The ADA defines a service animal as ANY guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a State or local government.
Please be aware that coastal weather can change quickly and this may result in uncomfortable or even dangerous conditions for animals left in unattended cars. Local and affordable pet-sitting options are available for visitors to the Newport area. (Contact the Newport Chamber of Commerce for additional information.) The Aquarium does not provide pet-sitting services but there are pet animal exercise areas in the parking lots. For both courtesy and good hygiene, please remove all animal waste and dispose of it in trash receptacles.