Deep Sea Adventure - Oregon Coast Aquarium

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 05, 2013

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Oregon Coast Aquarium Newport
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Mel's stirring in the trailer and I'm sitting in front of a nice fire.

I had a long run on the beach when I woke up. Dodging pools of water, jumping over tidal streams. I could get used to that. Beats the monotony of running around the block.

I was about to write that it's less windy today, but a gust of wind picked up. Who knows?

Time to rally the troops.



After a light breakfast - in the trailer this time - we went back to Newport for the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

It's not a cheap place ($18.95/adult, $11.95/child) but then zoos seldom are. And I must say that for what they offer to both kids and adults alike, it's a justifiable expense.

It's indoor and outdoor and not at all large but very comprehensive. The focus is obviously on Oregon sea life but that's a pretty varied slice of life.

There are lots of kids' interactive stations and the Deep Sea Tunnel of curved glass had all of us spinning our heads around, mouths agape. The leopard sharks (and other larger ones) are amazing to watch. Henry was floored that they were right there in front, below and above him.

Easily worth the price of admission alone.

We had a few moments of imminent meltdown but avoided them through, to my surprise, negotiation and a hot lunch. He's being molded on this trip!

Outside the paid aquarium area is a little path that leads to a play area. Stone and bronze sea animals for climbing. Henry made friends with a 'mermaid' and he jumped around as a 'sea monkey', ooo-ooo-aah-aahing the whole time.

It was nice to see him interacting with other kids. He misses his preschool friends.

Right next to the aquarium is the self-proclaimed 'Aquarium Village', a motley assortment of "antique" stores (household junk) that all sport a rather dilapidated pirate theme.

Case in point, there's a pirate statue (not the one pictured here) that you put your face through. It smells of hot urine.

It's a shameless sponge off the aquarium crowd and though we checked out most of the stores we walked away empty handed.

And that was the morning.

Mel's having a run on the beach, I'm doing this, and the kids are napping. I believe we're going to either Waldport or Yachats tonight for dinner and laundry. The perfect pairing.



Yachats was the winner.

We went to Sud Sea to do laundry (we're finding that Yachats is a very punny town). They too have wi-fi which made the washing cycle a little more interesting for all of us. Henry watched a little 'Thomas and Friends' while I caught up on local news. Mel fed Penny some solids.

With the laundry in the dryer we went directly next door to the Drift Inn Cafe (See? Punny.). It's quite the eclectic place from the serving staff, to the live music, to the Italian-made umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. The one above us was selling for $300.

Now to the food. Oh baby. I ordered the Dungeness Crab Salad as a starter and the Crab Ravioli with Lobster Sauce for the main. This was, hands down, the best seafood I've had since we've been here. And - here's a bold claim - the best restaurant food I've ever had, period.

I was moaning the whole time I ate it. Perfection. Hand-made ravioli. Light but enormously flavourful sauce. Chunks of crab, no skimping. Yum.

Mel had Thai Noodles with Grilled Shrimp and she too walked away satisfied. We may very well eat there tomorrow night.

Afterwards Henry had a Huckleberry Ice Cream Sugar Cone, made with Tillamook Cream, from the Ice Cream Store across the street. He was so wound by the time we got back to the campsite. He was hilarious. So many crazy things coming out of his mouth, much of it having to do with poo.

Mel and I had a great big fire afterwards and kept the chill at bay. Tomorrow we hike at Cape Perpetua.
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kokes on

Awe !! penny is so sweet..I look at photos over and over again..I can just see henry,s eyes rolling back savoring his ice cream like he did with 3 layer chocholate at cravens.. grilled shrimp..yummy..Missy..hope you are not venturing out too far to all mom

Sheryl on

Glad to see you guys are out beneath sunny skies (that beach looked pretty dreary :( ) and enjoying good food! It also looks like Melissa and Penny are feeling better, that's good, those trips to the hospital were a bit worrying. I thought I was smart leaving treats for Romero in the sunroom to entice him to stick around. However, yesterday guess who was watching me put them out there? Whats-his-face (the black cat). Now I'm wondering if it was even Romero eating them. But Romero is around I saw him yesterday. He hasn't been inside since you guys left! He won't go in. Drive safe, see you soon!

Mum & Dad on

Hi Guys,
Just got back from a few days camping, and had fun catching up on your blog.
Certainly sounds like you are getting to see every side of Henry. Hope the weather warms up, and Mel & Pen are feeling better now. Love the pictures.
Hugs for everyone,
Mum & Dad.

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