Newport, Oregon is home to the best aquarium in the state of Oregon.

  • $19 per adult and $12 per kid. 
  • They offer a military discount. Last time I checked the military discount was $3 off. It’s not much, but certainly better than nothing. 
  • If you know ahead of time you will be visiting Newport watch for deals. 

The Oregon Coast Aquarium had lots of hands on activities for kids, including weighting and selling fish, fishing, touch pools, and digging in sand. Each of the play areas has a sign with tips for parents on how to make the exhibit more educational.
Newport Aquarium aquarium in Newport
Newport OR
I enjoyed the tropical fish displays the most, even if Oregon doesn’t have any native tropical fish.
 Oregon Coast Aquarium Newport aquarium

We paid the extra $2 for our kids to do the hurricane simulator. I think it wasn’t that exciting and it bothered my daughter’s eyes. If your kid has sensitive eyes skip the hurricane simulator.
  Newport OR aquarium

We were able to catch one of the otters feeding times and it was worth the wait and crowd. While they feed them, a trainer educates visitors on otters. He gives you the back story on all three and teaches you fun otter facts.

aquarium in Newport, Oregon.
Passages of the Deep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Be sure to walk your kids through Passages of the Deep. It’s a 200 foot tunnel with sharks, bat rays and more swimming all around you.

Oregon Coast Aquarium
2820 SE Ferry Slip Road
Newport, OR

Looking for more things to do? Check out this list of things to do on the Oregon Coast.