Portland Aquarium will close their operation on February 16, 2016

As an alternate, please visit:

Seaside Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Looking for things to do in the the Portland area? Want family fun? This is a really fun place to bring your kids. But we have activities for kids and adults alike.

Our facility features dozens of species. We have reptiles, warm and cold water fish, and many species of birds. Among the exhibits, you can experience

  • Sharks, Stingrays
  • Corals and other invertebrates
  • Giant Pacific Octopus
  • Lorikeets
  • Tropical fish, and cold water fish including, dozens of species of rockfish and flatfish
  • Rain Forest Area, including exotic reptiles and amphibians

You can also learn more on our About Us page.

Want your kids to meet a Mermaid?  Check out our Mermaid schedule.

Season pass holders will receive discounts on all these. Reservations must be made in advance. They include:

Behind the Scenes

The Aquarium requires many complicated life support systems in order to keep all of the animals happy and healthy in their exhibits. This tour is great for anyone (kids and adults) interested in the technical aspects of aquarium keeping, as well as those who are just curious about how everything works!

Morning Rounds

Learn what it is to be a marine biologist or zoologist as you join us for morning rounds. Great for kids wanting to explore careers in biology. Up to 15 guests help some of our aquarists as they care for our fish, reptiles and invertebrates.

Octopus Encounter

Connect with this animal, while you touch it, play with it, and provide it puzzles and toys to interact with. Encounters last approximately 20 minutes, and pictures are encouraged!

Sleep with the Sharks

Customers have raved at our Portland Aquarium about this experience: “Wow, I didn’t know octopus were this friendly”,“Its suction cups are so much stronger than I anticipated”, and “I always thought these things were dangerous”.

After everyone has gone home and the aquarium has closed its doors for the night, we invite you to join us for an exciting night of exploration. Discover the Portland Aquarium after hours and sleep beside one of our exhibits. The aquarium offers sleepovers for families, youth groups and adults.


Consider the Portland Aquarium for your next event. All types of events can be arranged including:

  • Corporate events
  • Family Events
  • Family Reunions
  • Graduation Parties
  • Class Reunion Parties
  • Birthday Parties

You can bring in your own food to your party, or have us cater for you.