Seaside Aquarium

Northern Oregon Coast

Families with kids will enjoy this aquarium on the promenade. Don't expect anything like Newport's cutting-edge version, but rather a few fish tanks, a touch pool and a small indoor seal tank where you can feed the splashy critters. Look for the 'Tsunami Fish' – an Asian fish that stowed away in a wooden boat set adrift by the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

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