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Portland Aquarium - CLOSED

16323 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97267-4656
+1 503-303-4721
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The Portland AQUARIUM no longer exists!!!

The PA has not existed since early 2016! Any reviews that are written after that time are bogus or... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2017
Clackamas County, Oregon
via mobile
Interesting animals

My kids went to Portland Aquarium on a field trip. They enjoyed being able to stick their hands in... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2017
Dana L
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The Portland Aquarium welcomes everyone to enjoy the unique interactive experiences found within, and is especially excited to introduce children and families to the world beneath the ocean's surface. Guests are encouraged to hand feed sharks, rays, birds, and fish, or to get up close and personal with many of the reptiles and other animals on exhibit. Above all, the Portland Aquarium promotes education through an interactive experience in a comfortable environment. Kids and adults alike are sure to be amazed at the soft skin of sharks and rays. The Portland Aquarium provides children and families access to the excitement and learning opportunities of the ocean without the long trip to the coast. Guests can watch jellyfish gently float and glow and admire the bright and colorful corals, all within easy reach of home. The Aquarium offers multiple educational programs and events for kids, as well as behind the scenes tours for those curious about just what it takes to keep an aquarium in good working order. Popular programs developed by the owners such as birthday parties and 'Marine Biologist for a Day' programs, are features here at the Portland Aquarium. "We hope to inspire a young generation of ocean explorers and conservationists through education and a shared experience with a live animal, to create an appreciation for the oceans," says owner Vince Covino. With over 3,000 living animals representing habitats from the Oregon shores to remote Indonesian Islands, the experience will instill respect and awe for our rich aquatic resources. The Covino family places a premium on the family experience, with a special interest in foster children. Having hosted 31 of their own, and adopting 3, they understand the struggles foster families face, and therefore offer free admission to foster children. Read our What You Can Expect Page provide further information about, well, What You Can Expect! Annual membership passes for families and individuals are on sale as well as day passes. Consider having your birthday party or private event at our facility as well. Follow Portland Aquarium on Facebook for updates and special offers and giveaways weekly.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
16323 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97267-4656
+1 503-303-4721
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

The PA has not existed since early 2016! Any reviews that are written after that time are bogus or people are mistaken. I live very close to this area and I can assure everyone that where the PA was, is now a large Goodwill, open...More

Thank MCPOUSNrtd
Reviewed 14 January 2017

My kids went to Portland Aquarium on a field trip. They enjoyed being able to stick their hands in some of the pools and touch the sea life. Also, the bird sanctuary was wonderful. My kids got to hold some birds on their hands and...More

Thank Dana L
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

PROS: Great staff, seems like they are all college students with studies in the area of marine life. They are friendly and happy to answer any questions you have. Price is very cheap for admittance. Cute and Quaint aquarium. CONS: Located in old office or...More

2  Thank bruce p
Reviewed 26 April 2016

This place is gone. Don't include it in your plans! Going to become a Goodwill Store! If this is the kind of stuff you like, take a drive to Seaside for a traditional old beach town attraction. If you have the time, don't the Oregon...More

3  Thank MCPOUSNrtd
Reviewed 17 March 2016

I was pretty surprised by this place. Most of the tanks are open and you can touch a lot of the animals, including ones that would normally be protected or at least supervised at another aquarium. There were no staff or volunteers monitoring the exhibits,...More

2  Thank Danielle G
Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

Just a fun event to do with children. It's a touchy feely feed the animals kind of aquarium. It's a different concept and great for kids to get out and learn something new. There are several of these similar places but a ways away, Vegas....More

Thank Mraschio
Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

Let's start with its very very small. More like an exotic pet store where you can feed most of the pets. The offer several "encounters" for additional fees, but when we inquired we were told they were too short staffed? The rooms are small at...More

Thank Sirenia13
Reviewed 19 January 2016

I'm kind of amazed this place is open. The tanks are small and dirty, the floors are sopping wet, and the animals are swarmed with children "feeding" them. Was left feeling sad for the animals. Save yourself the $10 and take your kid to PetSmart...More

Thank abarber
Susan E, Public Relations Manager at Portland Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2016

Yes the floors can get wet at times from all the stingrays splashing and being excited to interact with people. It is an experience that is beneficial to both the stingrays and humans. Our tanks are well over capacity for each animal that calls it...More

Reviewed 30 December 2015

There are nice exhibits of fish, birds and other creatures. But this is not one of the best aquariums I have visited. It seems to be aimed at young children. As an adult I was bored. I probably will not visit again.More

Thank ScubaEagle
Susan E, Public Relations Manager at Portland Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2016

The Portland Aquarium is a hands on aquarium where we give opportunities for learning and inspiration you would not find at larger aquariums. Most large aquariums are geared towards "looking" at animals and that is all you get. We hope on your visits here you...More

Reviewed 29 December 2015

This was a "WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE" for my husband, our daughter, and our 4 grand children. We've been to Sea World in California, a huge aquarium in Hawaii, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium previously. This was soooo much fun. We got to pet, and feed soooo...More

Thank Debra K
Susan E, Guest Relations Manager at Portland Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2016

We appreciate your feedback and so happy to hear you were all able to engage in all of our interactions! We look forward to seeing you again.

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