Explore the aquarium like never before when you visit during Aquarium After Dark! Meet your animal friends during the day and then discover their fascinating nocturnal behaviors as the lights go out! Your adventure includes exclusive after-hours admission to Newport Aquarium, pizza party, animal encounters, animal touch opportunities and a self-guided twilight tour and scavenger hunt where you’ll experience the wonder of your aquarium - after dark! Members receive a special discount!
Enjoy BONUS Bring-A-Friend FREE Days to see Mermaids on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29! Each Annual Passholder or Gold or Platinum Annual Member in your family gets to bring one FREE guest every day! Just add your FREE Bring-A-Friend ticket(s) when you make your reservation in advance of your visit.Learn More
To allow for the best possible guest experience, capacities are limited. We strongly recommend making a reservation online in advance of your visit. Popular days and times book up fast! If you arrive without a reservation, you may need to wait hours for the next available entry time or find there is no remaining availability. Make your reservation and lock in your preferred visit date and entry time TODAY!
Note - You can have one active reservation in place at a time and can make that reservation up to 45 days before your planned visit date. Once you've used that reservation or cancelled it, you can make another for your next visit.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early so you are prepared for entry at your reserved time. Late arrivals may have to wait before entering until the next available entry time.
Platinum Member Exclusive Benefit – No Reservations Required! Platinum Members receive guaranteed entry without a reservation.Make Reservation
There’s always something NEW to Sea, Touch or Explore at Newport Aquarium and we can’t wait to share it with you! From meeting new animals to exploring new exhibits, we have a jam-packed year full of adventure for you and your family to experience.
Create your online account and get easy access to all of your benefit information right at your fingertips! You can link all of the Annual Passes or Annual Memberships in your family together, track your purchase history and expiration dates, make and manage reservations, and redeem Bring-A-Friend Free Days tickets, Good-Any-Day tickets, parking vouchers and more! Plus, it makes renewal a breeze!
Take full advantage of everything your Annual Pass or Membership has to offer! Annual Passholders and Annual Members are always the first to hear what’s new. Animal news and event announcements, invitations to exhibit previews, information about Passholder only extended hours and Bring-A-Friend FREE Days plus special discounts and promotions are always sent through email.
If you are not currently receiving emails from Newport Aquarium join our email list today! Be sure to have your Annual Pass ID number handy.
Annual Passholders and Annual Members receive discounts on Penguin Encounter tickets! Take a journey halfway across the world to Cape Town, South Africa where you’ll step right into the habitat of a colony of nearly a dozen African Penguins. Learn all about these amazing penguin ambassadors and their natural environment as you watch them waddle, call, preen and play just inches away from you. Spots are limited – purchase your exclusive Penguin Encounter tickets today!
Newport Aquarium Silver Annual Members receive a 10% discount, Gold Annual Members and Annual Passholders receive a 15% discount and Platinum Annual Members receive a 20% discount.Learn More
Here are suggestions for the “Best Times to Visit” Newport Aquarium to help make the most of each visit. Late summer, fall and early winter are generally the LEAST busy times at Newport Aquarium.
For the best experience consider visiting after 2 pm on weekdays after the majority of our Group/School Group visitors have left for the day; or before 11 a.m. or after 2 pm on weekends and holidays.
Because we are a family-friendly destination the MOST busy days are when school is not in session like:
Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
President's Day Weekend
Spring Break (the weeks before and after Easter Sunday)
Memorial Day Weekend
July 4th Weekend
Labor Day Weekend
Christmas Holiday Week (from the day after Christmas through the Sunday after New Year's Eve)
Newport Aquarium is a popular choice for field trips, especially weekdays in April (except during Spring Break); May & Mid-June; as well as for Summer Camp Groups in July and August. Arriving after 1 PM is recommended on those days.Make A Reservation