We visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium during our stay this summer at Lincoln City. The aquarium is located in Newport which is about 30-40 minutes driving from Lincoln City. There is lots too see with very interesting displays as well as interactive displays that are educational. There are several areas indoor with fish tanks full of different kinds of fish from all over the world including "Sandy Shores", "Rocky Shores", "Coastal Water" and the "Giant Pacific Octopus". The outside area includes the beautiful tufted puffin in the "Seabird Aviary", "Sea Otter", "Seals & Sea Lions", "Passage of the Deep", Turkey Vulture Habitat" and the "Aquarium Gardens". Of course there are some gift shops as well.
The coral reef area is so colourful with pretty fish and plants, so beautiful to see. The tufted puffins are fun to watch and we also enjoyed the seals swimming in the water as you can see them underwater and above the water.
We really thought the Passage of the Deep was amazing as you wonder through a glass tunnel to see sharks, bat rays, anchovy, mackerel and so much more. This is really something not to miss when you visit the aquarium, make sure you find it on your little map as we almost missed it! It's behind the seal & sea lions area.
It's not a cheap place to visit, but we thought it was well worth the money...especially if you have a good half a day to visit.
The beach at Lincoln City is popular, so there are many opportunities for the photgrapher to make images of people having a great time. Helps to provide scale to the ocean surf and beach. Caution: wind can drive spray, so be sure to use that lens cover and maybe a plastic baggie over the camera when not in use.