Explorers Guide to the Oregon Coast Aquarium
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is located on 39 acres of land next to the Yaquina Bay estuaries of Newport, Oregon. The museum has 250 species of marine life, is visited by 400,000 people per year and is ranked as one of the top ten aquariums of North America. This week, we are going to take you on a tour and explore the exhibits at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
One of the best summaries of information about the Aquarium and its attractions is their Media Kit found under their Media Relations page. It has facts about the museum, attendance, each exhibit, adventures, conservation & rehabilitation, education, and their timeline. Here is the link to their 2016 report, but don’t know how long the link will be valid: Media Kit.
*Update – Several parts of the Shipwrecks of the Sea exhibit are currently undergoing construction for a new exhibit called Big Bites.
Our Tips for Visiting
- Seeing the whole Aquarium will take half the day with kids making it perfect for a morning or afternoon activity.
- If you are concerned about the cost of visiting, their website has a variety of discounts listed on their Visitor Tips page, and watch Groupon for periodic sales of tickets that go for about 40% off.
- If you are going to visit more than once per year, Membership makes a lot of since the Aquarium is a 501(c)3, you can deduct your membership cost from your taxes (consult your accountant first)
- At $15 a person, the Behind the Scenes tour is one of the most reasonably priced add-on experiences we have found. Join us for our next video where we take you on a preview of what you would see and learn.
- The museum has a volunteer to staff ratio of 4:1, meaning they are always looking for help. One of the most interesting opportunities is for experienced divers who can help clean and take care of the tanks.
- The food at the Cafe is slightly better than normal museum faire. If you are looking for something different and in the area, Rogue River Brewery has a popular (and busy) restaurant right down the street or Newport across the bridge has plenty of offerings.
More information about the Oregon Coast Aquarium can be found at their website www.aquarium.org.
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