Recognized locally and nationally for its exceptional exhibits and educational programs, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is a must see activity when you are staying at Bella Beach or anywhere near Lincoln City and Depoe Bay. Immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean at this world-class marine educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. The Aquarium is a living classroom for all learning styles and ages. As one of Oregon’s top tourist attractions, the Aquarium is a vital educational resource for the state, with over 40,000 students visiting the aquarium each year. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and plays an active role in conservation and animal rehabilitation efforts.
As one of the top attractions on the Oregon Coast, the Aquarium is a captivating destination and a trusted resource for ocean education and conservation in the Pacific Northwest. With impressive exhibits that allow visitors to experience the ocean up close, and even hands on! They consider themselves as “a living classroom for all learning styles and ages” – and it is true! With carefully cultivated habitats and a long list of native Oregon sea creature, it is impossible not to learn something new when exploring the aquarium.
With a focus on ocean conservation, the Oregon Coast Aquarium shares much of Oregon’s history. For example, the Otter exhibit contains the largest population of sea otters in the state of Oregon due to the past hunting that took place amongst fur traders.
Perhaps you’ve seen the classic aquarium photographs of faces full of wonder on people walking through underwater walkways, surrounded by animals from the Open Sea – the leopard shark, rockfish, and big skate – that is exactly what the Oregon Coast Aquarium has in store for you! Forget about life above ground, and immerse yourself in this tranquil display of the Pacific Ocean.
From mesmerizing jellyfish and playful otters to beautiful displays and hands-on tidal pools, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is a perfect attraction for guests of our vacation rentals who want a deeper look at the rich underwater ecosystem that Oregon has to offer.
2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd
Newport Oregon, 97365