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Exploration Center & Aquarium

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175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI 02840-3659
+1 401-324-6020
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Lots to learn in a small space!

This small aquarium has knowledgeable, friendly staff and lots of opportunities to learn about the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mljohnston
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Wilmington, Delaware
Small, But Worthwhile

We took our 4 granddaughters during our stay in Newport, RI (it was right by the beach) and... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
RedRaiders19
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Slate Hill, NY
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Whether you're a local or just visiting the Newport area, the Save The Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium, with its beachfront location, is the perfect family destination. This interactive marine science center is home to more than 140 species from Narragansett Bay, three touch tanks, and a craft center. Children can get face-to-fin with lobsters, crabs, and fish from local waterways. With Newport's only ocean-facing beach just outside the front door, visitors can continue the beachcombing experience after their visit. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day Daily 10am to 4pm Open Labor Day to Memorial Day Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am to 4pm See website for more details
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  • Very good18%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“touch tank” (5 reviews)
“shark tank” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI 02840-3659
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+1 401-324-6020
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This small aquarium has knowledgeable, friendly staff and lots of opportunities to learn about the sea life on display. It was perfect for what we needed that afternoon - a small adventure for our 2 and 4 year olds with things that the adults could...More

Thank mljohnston
Cindy S, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are thrilled you stopped in for a visit with your kiddos. We love our Mermaid's purses, too - the perfect place to see the whole Little Skate life cycle And if you were just here, you must have seen our newly hatched chain catsharks,...More

Reviewed 1 September 2017

We took our 4 granddaughters during our stay in Newport, RI (it was right by the beach) and although it was more of an exhibit than a typical aquarium my granddaughters loved being able to hold crabs and pet sharks. The staff was very nice...More

Thank RedRaiders19
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We had just walked along the Cliff Walk there in Newport and were just about to leave when we walked past this place. We thought why not as an adventure. $8 a head to get in, staffed by many knowledgeable, clean cut young adults, three...More

Thank bogblogger
Cindy S, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Thanks so much for stopping in for a visit and taking the time to share your experience here! We'll share your kind words with our volunteer staff at the aquarium, who we also think are pretty enthusiastic and terrific too. They'll be thrilled to know...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017

We visited on a Sunday afternoon. Free parking right next to the Aquarium. The staff is excellent. Abigail Rottler was knowledgable, friendly and an excellent representative for the Aquarium. She easily talked about hr area with knowledge and authority. A nice person who is also...More

Thank Colby R
Reviewed 5 August 2017

The aquarium is small but they pack so much into it that you could be there for hours! Admission was $8 and was totally worth it. My kids had so much fun looking at all the tanks and touching every animal that was available to...More

Thank Jessi S
Cindy S, Director of Communication at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

We couldn't be happier that you and your family enjoyed your time with us at the Exploration Center & Aquarium. Our hope is that we can connect every visitor to the amazing marine life of Narragansett Bay by giving as personalized and fun an experience...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped by today with the kids for a tour. This is a very worthwhile experience. The center is staffed by several young folks who are very knowledgeable, personable and enthusiastic about their work. The kids loved petting the sharks and skated and handling some...More

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Cindy S, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thanks so much for making the Exploration Center and Aquarium part of your summer, and for taking the time to share your experience. We couldn't be happier that you and your family enjoyed your time with our interns and critters. We hope you'll stop by...More

Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

I've lived in Rhode Island my entire life and been to Newport many times. This is the first time that I realized that there was an aquarium there. Thanks to the summer reading program for our local library we received a free admission for my...More

Thank Melanie G
Cindy S, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

We're thrilled you had such a great time with us at the Exploration Center & Aquarium. Thanks for taking the time to share it with others. We agree with you that our interns and volunteer staff at the aquarium are terrific, and so glad they...More

Reviewed 4 July 2017

Our little one loved this spot, not the biggest aquarium in the world but one of the friendliest. We got to see everything at our own pace no big crowds etc. The shark tank was the highlight as we got to touch the shark as...More

Thank Beats1981
Cindy S, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

What a delight to hear how much your children enjoyed their visit to our Exploration Center and Aquarium and your kind words about our friendly (mostly volunteer) staff there. We really do try to give every visitor as personalized an experience as possible! Thanks for...More

Reviewed 21 June 2017

It is small, but it is chock full of really interesting sea creatures! It's cool that they are all from the area right there. The folks there are super nice, and we enjoyed spending about 45 minutes there. It's worth a visit!

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

My two toddlers and I loved the aquarium! So many fish to look at and they and I loved touching the sea urchins, snails, and crabs! The staff was very interactive and helpful! Great thing to do on a rainy day for an hour or...More

Thank mmrange
CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communication at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

We're just tickled that you and your toddlers had a "fintastic" time with us during your visit (sorry, I couldn't help myself there)! And if you think the Exploration Center and Aquarium is a great place to spend an hour or two on a rainy...More

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TammySterling_VA
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Response from CindyatSaveTheBay | Property representative |
Hi there, we're so glad you'll be joining us this weekend! General admission is just $8 per person and children 3 and under are free. Those with Family Memberships to Save The Bay enjoy free admission for 2 adults and up to... More
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