# 31 Take a Dive at the Undersea Gardens

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Apr 242017
 

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Visit the amazing Oregon Undersea Gardens and take a dive in the exclusive Undersea Theatre at the bottom of the sea. Descend into the magic submarine world of the Oregon coast – home of the largest collection of local marine life to be found anywhere. You’ll come face to face with the beauty, wonder, excitement and mystery of the underwater world. Beneath the surface, all manner of fish swim in their natural habitat. You’ll see the ghostly gardens of white and crimson anemones, where the ferocious looking wolf eel lurks and the largest species of octopus in the world glides the reef. The sea gives up its secrets in this unique underwater theatre. Continuous dive shows are filled with action, special effects and surprises. These tours are expertly narrated by knowledgeable tour guides and scuba divers equipped with underwater communications. You can get to know the underwater stars of this interesting and unique submarine drama. For more information, call (541) 265-2206.

WHERE:  250 Bay Blvd – Newport, Oregon

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# 32 Learn About Marine Life

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Apr 232017
 

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport provides a unique opportunity to have fun while learning about marine life, with many interactive exhibits. The center describes itself as “part aquarium and part laboratory.” An enormous Pacific octopus greets visitors at the entrance. The center’s goal is to showcase scientific discovery through exhibits that display four different viewpoints: global, birds-eye, eye-level and microscopic. Check out the Tidepool Touch Tanks. Roll up your sleeves and reach into tidepool tanks and gently stroke fish skates and sea stars. The center offers a variety of different opportunities for all levels of education, from young children to graduate students. Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-0226.

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# 33 Visit The Wax Works

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Apr 222017
 

JohnnyDeppOrnate figurines and elaborate sets are a feast for the eyes at Newport’s Wax Works located at Mariner Square. Hundreds of sculptures, each elaborately molded and detailed, delight visitors from around the world. Where else can you see Hollywood legends and sci-fi creatures just by turning around? Each figure is created with incredible attention to detail. Sculptures can take months to build and can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Meet the crew of M.A.S.H., Marilyn Monroe, hobbits, gangters and even Frankenstein, just to name a few. To make a wax figure, a mold is made around a clay base that has been meticulously measured and sculpted. A combination of wax and fiberglass floods the mold creating the bare form of a new figure. After a delicate paint job, custom tools, like hair threaders, are used to bring the figure to life. Come see for yourself the sculptors’ artistry and fantasy. See if you can tell which one is real…The Wax Works is located at 250 SW Bay Blvd in Newport’s Historic Bayfront area. Call (541) 265-2206 for more information.

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# 34 Be Amazed by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

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Apr 212017
 

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Mariner Square offers a chance to enter the world of the strange and the wonderful at the world’s last great sideshow – Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Since Robert Ripley’s first cartoon strip in 1918, Ripley’s has been collecting oddities from around the world. Ripley’s has been featured in books, fairs and Ripley’s famous “Odditoriums”. Anyone with a taste for the odd, creepy or just plain weird should definitely check out Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. You can experience all the wonder of the world’s most bizarre sights right here in Newport. Their “Odditorium” displays fascinating exhibits of the unbelievable, paranormal and shocking spectacles, from the “live” stage shows to shrunken heads to the magic harp. Be careful not to step over the edge of the universe in the deep space hall of mirrors. Visit the Odditorium and see if you believe it, or not! Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is located at Mariner Square in Newport’s historic Bayfront district, at 250 SW Bay Blvd. For more information, call (541) 265-2206.

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# 35 Experience the Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Apr 202017
 

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No visit to Newport is complete without a stop at the Oregon Coast Aquarium overlooking scenic Yaquina Bay just south of the city’s iconic bridge. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and fun, and plays an active role in conservation, education and animal rehabilitation efforts. The Aquarium’s world-class indoor and outdoor exhibits have earned the facility consistent recognition as one of the top ten aquariums in the country.

Guests can discover the mysterious world of underwater archaeology in the special exhibit, “Secrets of Shipwrecks: Part History. Part Mystery.” A wander through 1.32-million gallons of seawater in Passages of the Deep immerses visitors into the world of local marine life – including over 100 sharks. The series of tunnels feature 360 degree views of three different kinds of landscapes an underwater explorer might find off the Oregon Coast.

For fans of fuzz, the Aquarium’s sea otters’ and their playful antics provide endless entertainment. Keep an eye out for pups Nuka and Oswald, the most recent additions to this all-male raft of rescued otters from California and Alaska coasts. Guests can view their training progress during three daily public feedings.

Meet the Aquarium’s seals and sea lions through the submerged and above water viewing windows that let visitors peer into their world. Daily feeding presentations are a favorite of guests who delight in viewing the California sea lions’ athleticism at work. For an unforgettable behind the scenes experience, book a whiskery kiss delivered by one of the Aquarium’s seals or sea lions!

The Aquarium also boasts the largest walk-through outdoor seabird aviary in the United States. Tufted and horned puffins, common murres, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots and black oystercatchers all call the craggy cliffs and clear water home. Daily feedings at 2:30 p.m. delight visitors of all ages as each bird larks about to eat the fishes of their choice. In addition to the Seabird Aviary, the Aquarium is also home to two turkey vultures. Guests are often surprised by the size of the brother and sister pair, Ichabod and Olive, who busy themselves with toys and other enrichment items, and sometimes leave their exhibit to meet visitors on a keeper’s glove.

A nearby underwater cave is inhabited by a Giant Pacific Octopus. Viewers sometimes need to stretch their powers of observation to spot the creature, which can camouflage with its environment and squeeze its soft body into dark crags. Researchers now believe that octopuses are as smart as house cats, capable of navigating mazes, using simple tools and recognizing individuals. Guests may schedule an octopus encounter to feed and shake suckers with one of these intelligent, seemingly alien animals.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium opened its doors in 1992 to inspire the public to better understand, cherish and conserve marine and coastal ecosystems. Built on an abandoned industrial site, the Aquarium did a lot of work to transform the grounds into an expansive naturescape for guests to explore. The north end of the property is dedicated to a nature trail that skirts an estuary – a unique feature for an aquarium. This wild exhibit features over one hundred native plant species, many of them labeled to continue the Aquarium’s education program for guests.

The Aquarium is open daily in the summertime (beginning May 28), 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To check for discounts, purchase tickets and learn more, visit www.aquarium.org. Oregon Coast Aquarium is located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-3474.

 

To check for discounts, purchase tickets and learn more, visit www.aquarium.org.

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Oregon Coast Aquarium is located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-3474.

 

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