The Oregon Coast Aquarium was named one of the top 10 aquariums in the nation by Parade magazine, the Aquarium showcases over 15,000 animals, representing 500 species through indoor and outdoor exhibits including sea otters, seals, sea lions, sharks and an inquisitive octopus.
The Aquarium has six acres of cliffs, rocky caves, tide pools, and nature trails. You can visit the rocky coast exhibit where sea lions and seals are. Six sea lions and five harbor seals currently live at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Five of the sea lions and one of the harbor seals were captive-born; one sea lion and four harbor seals were rescued and rehabilitated after beach strandings, but were not considered releasable.
There is an exhibit called Passages of the Deep. There are tunnels in that exhibit called Acrylic Tunnels. Visitors are immersed in Keiko’s former home through acrylic tunnels surrounded by several feet of sea water. Visitors are able to come face to face with large sharks, rockfish and bat rays swimming above and below.
They have an exhibit called the sea bird aviary. An open-air, walk-through aviary at the Oregon Coast Aquarium allows visitors the rare opportunity to see some of these species up close. The aviary is one of the largest of its kind in North America.
Many fish tanks, hands on display and interactive computers are available for visitors used to learn about Oregon’s coast and wetlands.
The waves surging against the acrylic tunnels give visitors impression they beneath water. The Oregon ship wreak resting on the bottom of the water increases the feeling of being a early undersea explores.