Situated in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is home to some of the coolest nature the country has to offer. Especially exciting is the more than 360 miles of coastline that borders the Pacific Ocean. One of the jewels of the state is the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which more than does its part to capture the beauty and preserve the nature of the region. Located just minutes away from the ocean on Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting the western part of the state.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a great representative of what the region has to offer. You can start off your journey by comparing the Sandy Shores with the Rocky Shores, and when you’re done there, you can take time to visit the Coastal Waters before venturing out a little further into the Passages of the Deep.
Along your journey in the different areas, you can take a break and enjoy the Sea Otter and Seal & Sea Lion Exhibits. As you get braver on your expedition, you can then get close to one of the most fascinating sea creatures at the Giant Pacific Octopus Exhibit.
Joining the sea otters, seals, sea lions, and octopus is quite the array of animal friends. Along the Rocky Shores you might see a few different types of rockfish or even a wolf eel, while in the Coastal Waters you will encounter a Japanese spider crab and a moon jellyfish.
When you make your way from the water creatures, you can soar over to the Seabird Aviary to take sight of a black oystercatcher and the horned puffin.
In addition to making friends with the different animals, you can also find restful peace in nature by taking a stroll through the Aquarium Gardens and Estuary Trail.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium doesn’t house every animal in the area, but because of its great location, there is a chance you will see animals like the great horned owl, the black bear, or the bald eagle as you travel to and from the aquarium.
You can visit the aquarium any time of the year, as it is only closed on Christmas day, and every member of your family can gain admission for less than $20. This includes a $12.95 price tag for children ages 3-12 and free admission for kids two and under. Also, visiting the aquarium doesn’t have to be an all-day event, as you can probably see all of the exhibits in two hours or less.
For those looking for both an exciting and an educational adventure, the Oregon Coast Aquarium needs to be put on the top of your list of places to go.
One of the best parts of visiting the Oregon Coast Aquarium is that you will be in close proximity to three Select Registry inns. Less than 15 miles up the coast you will find the Whale Cove Inn and the Channel House Inn positioned in Depoe Bay, Oregon. The Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn is also within driving distance in McMinnville, Oregon. All three inns are a great place to rest your head, so be sure to visit Select Registry to book your stay!