Oregon Coast Aquarium

Abby McCoy gets an up-close view of sharks

Abby McCoy gets an up-close view of sharks

2820 SE Ferry Slip Road
Newport, Oregon

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a local gem of northwestern Oregon. Due to it’s manageable size (you can get through it in 1-2 hours), it serves well as a pitstop along US Highway 101. Admission is a little steep at $14.95 per adult and $9.45 for kids 3-12, but the aquarium is on par with the best, despite its size. The aquarium houses six main exhibits, including a deep sea area, an otter habitat, sea bird aviary, and jellyfish room (my personal favorite!). Angie McCoy of Jacksonville, Oregon says of her 22-month-old daughter: Abby loved the ‘Open Ocean’ tunnel in the Deep Sea exhibit. She screamed at the sharks!

If you have extra time (and money), the aquarium’s private Animal Encounter tours have received positive reviews. Also check their website for special events, discount days for homeschoolers, and more.

Date last visited: June 2009

Distance off the interstate: Right off of 101 (Oregon Coast Highway).

Bathrooms: Yes.

Food Services: There’s both a cafe and a coffee stand with various drinks and muffins. A nice play area is located at the end of the outdoor walk.

Website: http://www.aquarium.org/

Directions: From 101: Follow 101 through Newport, across the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Turn left onto 32nd Street. At the T, turn left onto SE Ferry Slip Road. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is straight ahead on the right.

From I-5: At Corvallis, take Hwy 20 west to U.S. Hwy 101 and follow directions above.

Source: Angie McCoy
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Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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