Explore Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Newest Attractions! 

Explore Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Newest Attractions! 

Explore Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Newest Attractions! 

8 Dec 2022

Looking for a great rainy-day activity? Head to Newport’s beloved Oregon Coast Aquarium. Kids of all ages will enjoy this immersive and captivating experience. 

The aquarium offers educational programs, interactive exhibits, tours, and so much more. And now there is even more to enjoy and discover with three new attractions! 

Ho ho ho! The popular and festive attraction Sea of Lights is back, and will be held the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. The display features thousands of twinkling installations in various colors and shapes. 

Join in on the fun 12/2, 12/3, 12/9, 12/10, 12/16, & 12/17! 

Admission is $10 per person, or free with proof of same day admission. Members get in for free! 

Visitors can also take a free photo with Santa that will be emailed to you a few days after your visit. The line for photos with Santa closes at 7:15pm to allow everyone time to get through the queue so please plan your visit accordingly. 

Oregon Coast Aquarium’s New Attractions –  

Nature Play Area

This new play area was inspired by the local coastal habitat and the former timber mill site that once operated at the site of the aquarium. Visitors can engage with nature as they scale over giant logs, catch a bird’s-eye view from a faux eagle’s nest, climb a rope tower, and plunge down a meandering slide. 

Headwaters Feature

The scenic headwaters feature includes a recirculating stream that reflects the relationship between watersheds and the ocean, demonstrating the importance of headwaters and the role they play in the Oregon Coast’s precious and unique ecosystems. 

Outdoor Amphitheater

This dedicated space hosts educational programs and animal presentations. Visitors will enjoy the expansive seating and the opportunity for an up-close view of the Aquarium’s cast of animal ambassadors. 

Oregon Coast Aquarium General Information: 

The aquarium is open 364 days a year, excluding Christmas. 

Hours: 10am – 6pm 

Adults $24.95 

Guests between the ages of 18 – 64 

Seniors $19.95 

Guests 65 and older 

Young Adult $19.95 

Guests between the ages of 13 – 17 

Child $14.95 

Guests between the ages of 3 – 12 

Infants & Toddlers – Free 

Guests between the ages of 0 – 2 

Member Admission 

Members do not need to purchase tickets. Learn about becoming a member here.  

Interactive experiences can be purchased for an additional fee.  


To make planning your visit easier, the aquarium has single strollers, double strollers, wheelchairs, and electric mobility scooters for rent. A valid ID will be held while rental equipment is checked out. 

Don’t forget to stop by the Oregon Coast Aquarium gift shop to pick up a souvenir, or a gift for the Thalassophile (ocean lover) in your life! 

Book Your Winter Getaway with Us!  

Meredith Lodging has an impressive selection of beautiful vacation homes up and down the Oregon Coast, and many of them are just a short drive from one of the nation’s top aquariums in Newport! You can view our impressive collection online. We hope to see you at the Oregon Coast Aquarium soon!