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.
I enjoyed the tropical fish displays the most, even if Oregon doesn’t have any native tropical fish.
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.
|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