Ranked among the Top Ten Aquariums in North America by Coastal Living magazine, and lauded as "world-class" by USA Today, the Oregon Coast Aquarium provides public education cloaked in enthralling, pulse-pounding experiences with living creatures and the environments which sustain them. An American Zoo and Aquarium Association-accredited institution, the Aquarium lays claim to one of the biggest outdoor seabird aviaries on the North American continent, along with a 1.32-million-gallon, 360-degree exhibit ("Passages of the Deep") that is packed with over 5,000 aquatic animals.
The Giant Pacific Octopus exhibit seeks to educate visitors about the amazing, eerie, and incredibly important creatures that fill a vital niche in oceanic ecosystems. The Seabird Aviary showcases shorebound and seafaring birds that live on mussels and crustaceans, such as Tufted Puffins, Pigeon Guillemots, and Common Murres.
Infants/Toddlers (ages 0-2) are Free; Children (ages 3-12) are $11.95; Young Adults (ages 13-17) are $16.95; Adults (ages 18-64) are $18.95; Seniors (ages 65+) are $16.95.
Best time to visit
Specific scheduled events, like the "Giant Pacific Octopus Encounter" or "Sea Lion Kisses", occur at certain intervals, and can be verified in advancehere.
Near by POI
Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), located beside the Yaquina Bay, is a marine science research and education center. Yaquina Head is north of Newport, Oregon, and is maintained as Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).