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Exploration Center & Aquarium

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Great Aquarium for kids

They have several touching pools and our grand-kids had a great time there. If you have no kids... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
a f
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Atlanta, Georgia
Please take the kids!

This is a small aquarium with folks running it who love what they do. While small, the enthusiasm... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dawn F
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Drums, Pennsylvania
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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...more
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175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI 02840-3659
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They have several touching pools and our grand-kids had a great time there. If you have no kids with you, it's nothing compared to big aquariums like Atlanta, Chattanooga or BaltimoreMore

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

Thanks for spending some time with us at the Exploration Center and Aquarium; we're thrilled that your grandchildren had a great time exploring the marine life of Narragansett Bay with us! Unlike the big aquariums around the country, Save The Bay's Exploration Center is meant...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small aquarium with folks running it who love what they do. While small, the enthusiasm and knowledge within makes it an excellent experience for all who partake. We are two adults who love to learn and had a great time! Take a...More

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Cindy S, Communications Director at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Well, we are quite humbled by your glowing review! Thanks for spending part of your day with us and for taking time to share your experience with others. We are always gratified to hear when the Exploration Center and Aquarium helps connect visitors to the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very small, REALLY interesting aquarium, and truly an "exploration center." Knowledgeable staff and cool little tanks with sealife from Narragansett Bay. Touch tanks (including a shark that my granddaughter LIT UP doing) and creatures I've never seen, and I grew up here. About an hour...More

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Cindy S, Communications Manager at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for spending some time with us at the Exploration Center and Aquarium! We're thrilled you and your granddaughter enjoyed your visit. We just LOVE to see the looks on the faces of those brave youngsters, like her, who dare to pet our dogfish...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a buy one get one free pass from our hotel that we used at the aquarium. It is quite small, but the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with the touch tanks. This would be a great experience with children, but was mediocre...More

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Cindy S, Communications Director at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting with us and taking time to share you experience. We hope our Exploration Center and Aquarium helps connect our community and visitors to the fabulous marine life that lives in our local waters, and as you said, the $8 admission helps support...More

Reviewed 7 June 2018

This non-profit aquarium surprisingly packs in a lot for such a small space! It's not slick or glossy or impressive like Boston's New England or Mystic Seaport aquariums, but it is quite informative and focuses on local marine organisms, the environmental pressures they are facing,...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Fantastic non profit, great with kids! The employees are all very eager to share their knowledge and passion.

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CindyatSaveTheBay, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

What an honor to have you with us this past weekend. Thanks for taking time to share your positive experience with others!

Reviewed 8 October 2017

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

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Cindy S, Director of Communications at Exploration Center & Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

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 2 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

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Reviewed 12 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

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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 9 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

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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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