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Address: 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, Newport, OR 97365, USA

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The Oregon Coast Aquarium is an aquarium in Newport in the US state of Oregon. Opened in 1992, the facility sits on 23 acres (9.3 ha) along Yaquina Bay near the Pacific Ocean. The aquarium was home to Keiko, the orca who starred in the movie Free Willy, from January 1996 until September 9, 1998, when he was shipped to Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. USA Today considers the Oregon Coast Aquarium world-class and Coastal Living magazine ranks the it among the top ten aquariums in North America.

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  • This is a really nice place! Aside from the fact that the entrance fee is a bit steep, we enjoyed our visit. The sea otters and sea lions were very active, and the tidal pool touching tanks were a huge hit with my six year old. And the jelly fish are mesmerizing - I could watch them for hours. The tunnels are really cool, especially the windows in the floor. Its kind of a disconcerting and dizzying place for me personally, but I suck it up for my kid. Just a note for those of you that may be claustrophobic! Overall, it is a small place, but you can easily spend a couple of hours there. One more thing: there are penny pressing machines at both gift shops, and with many designs available, you get out of the gift shop without spending an arm and a leg on souvenirs. So take a bag of quarters and pennies! :)

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  • I was a little shocked, after reading reviews, of how little was actually here. We were able to see everything and spent a good amount of time in the gift shop and touch tank in under 45 minutes. Volunteers were very helpful with everything however. I probably wouldn't come back to this aquarium unless they added 100% more attractions.

  • This is a nice little aquarium. Based on our experience, first thing in the morning is a great time to visit. The otters and seals/sea lions were all very active and excited for their morning feedings. The feedings/training sessions are really fun to watch.

  • It was a bit small for the price; we saw everything in about 1.5hrs. My local zoo charges the same amount and there's easily 3+ hrs of exhibits to see. The jelly fish were fun to see as were the sea otters. They boasted of the shark exhibit; however, it was small and the tank was bare. To clarify, all of the other exhibits were decorated with plants, lights, sunken ships etc but this tank had nothing! You could see the cold, grey walls and air tubes which made the experience less realistic. I wouldn't go here again.

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  • Great aquarium and very good representation of the importance of caring for our oceans. I see a couple complaints on here about not having a "touch pond" where kids can just freely poke sea creatures or whatever. I happen to love the fact that this place does not have anything like that, I think it's smart to provide a clean and sanitary environment for everyone and I think it's more respectful to nature. My Only complaint is that the gift shop had some pretty pricey items, specifically some of the wooden-like jewelry boxes that had chips or scratches in them were still priced very high. The decorative pictures on the top of them didn't even look like they would last, some already faded in color.

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