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Exploration Center & Aquarium

#46 of 110 things to do in Newport Features Animals
175 Memorial Blvd, Easton's Beach Rotunda, Newport, RI 02840-3659
+1 401-324-6020
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So fun and informative!

My two toddlers and I loved the aquarium! So many fish to look at and they and I loved touching the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mmrange
via mobile
Small but good for little kids

My teen wanted to go in, because she loves aquariums. There was a lot of local... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
jessaugusta
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Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good23%
  • Average26%
  • Poor2%
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“touch tank” (5 reviews)
“sea life” (4 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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175 Memorial Blvd, Easton's Beach Rotunda, Newport, RI 02840-3659
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+1 401-324-6020
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 review

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

Reviewed 11 April 2017

My teen wanted to go in, because she loves aquariums. There was a lot of local information/displays. We loved the sting ray touch tank.

Thank jessaugusta
CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks for popping in at the Exploration Center and Aquarium! Our three touch tanks are some of favorite features there - so glad to hear that you and your daughter liked them too!

Reviewed 1 April 2017

We have days of rain and not so good weather during our off season vacation stay. We decided to try this aquarium one of the days of rain. Not quite sure what it would be, we drove about an hour from near Boston and took...More

Thank PurpleMN
CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks for driving down from near Boston to spend some time at the Exploration Center & Aquarium! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit. And thanks for the shout-out to our staff - they do such a great job trying to give all of...More

Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Terrific place. Multiple floors for exploration. Kids are able to see so many different types of fish and other mammals while the adults lean some cool factoid. We spent about two hours there and felt we would have enjoyed more time without getting board. There...More

Thank Jeff L
CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us at the Exploration Center and Aquarium and sharing your experience! We're thrilled you and your family had a great time. We agree with you - there is a lot for both kids and adults to enjoy and learn. And, since all...More

Reviewed 13 October 2016

There is a good mix of local creatures. This place is best for little ones as this isn't a big place but we had fun and it supports a good cause with Save the Bay running the program.More

Thank oceanbird898
CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in with us! There's no better way to get up close and personal with critters that come right from our local waters. Did you happen to catch a glimpse of the big red Sea Hare? A fisherman brought him to us last...More

Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

A great local aquarium that my three year old loved. Yes it's small, but it kept us entertained with lots of touch tanks. It was a perfect break from the beach and fun to see local fish. The staff was great working with kids! We...More

Thank getaway46
CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for stopping by our Exploration Center and Aquarium - we're thrilled you and your little one had such a great time! We really do love our interns, who do a terrific job teaching our guests of all ages about our critters...More

Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

We took our 2.5 and 1 year olds to visit this aquarium. I was surprised by how small the facility was and how little was going on. It is just a bunch of fish tanks for the most part. The staff was very friendly and...More

1  Thank Courey
CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by the Exploration Center and Aquarium over your July 4 weekend! We are a small, hands-on exploration center and proud to be the only aquarium in the area featuring marine life exclusively from Narragansett Bay. Save The Bay's mission is to protect...More

Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I came to Rhode Island specifically on the 3rd Thursday of the month so we could participate in the "Feeding Frenzy". We came earlier in the day and checked out all the exhibits. Everything there is found in Narraganset Bay - which...More

1  Thank Glori H
CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this review

What a joy to read your review of our Exploration Center and Aquarium! Your experience is exactly what we hope to offer all of our guests - a hands-on introduction to the marine life and habitats of Narragansett Bay and a lot of fun! Thank...More

Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

Fantastic little aquarium for kids and families. Great education for all tourists and a lovely way to support the local community. This is the sort of place that people should support.

Thank ReggieCFC
CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this review

Honestly, we're blushing a bit at your super-kind review of our Exploration Center and Aquarium! We love it too, and we're so glad you stopped in. We hope we'll see you again!

Reviewed 3 April 2016

I love aquariums where there many varieties of sea life but this place was so small. Me kids did not find much to keep them entertained other than the touch tank and the fish tank. We were very surprised to see how small this place...More

1  Thank David C
CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this review

So sorry to hear we didn't meet your expectations. Our beachfront Exploration Center & Aquarium isn't the National Aquarium in Baltimore of the New England Aquarium in Boston, but neither is our $8 admission fee. For families looking for a great educational, hands-on experience with...More

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TammySterling_VA
What is the cost per child and adult? We plan to visit this weekend.
15 June 2016|
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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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