Exploration Center & Aquarium

Striped Burrfish

Winter Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday

(closed Oct 7 for Newport Marathon)

Summer Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily



Whether you're a local or just visiting the Newport area, our beachfront Exploration Center & Aquarium is the perfect family destination any time of year!

Our interactive marine science center is home to more than 40 species from Narragansett Bay, often including rare lobsters, crabs, seahorses, sea robins, terrapins and more. Three touch tanks allow you to get up close and
personal with little skates, urchins, spider crabs, sea stars, dogfish sharks and more - all from local waters. And, with Newport's only ocean-facing beach just outside our front door, you can continue the beachcombing experience after your visit. The Exploration Center and Aquarium is supported, in part, by Corvias Solutions.

September Theme - Captivating Crustaceans



Easton's Beach Rotunda, 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840 (map & directions)

Hours of operation

  • SUMMER HOURS (Memorial Day thru Labor Day): Daily 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • WINTER HOURS (Labor Day thru Memorial Day): Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. during many Rhode Island public school vacations (excluding: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve/Day and New Year's Eve/Day)
  • Feeding Frenzy special opening information.
  • Open year-round for Schools and Groups, and offering education programs linked to the Grade Span Expectations.  Browse & book programs > 

For more information call 401-324-6020


General admission is $8; discounts for military ID and senior citizens.  Family members and above enjoy FREE admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children. Become a member now

Feeding Frenzy: $10 general admission; $8 members; free for children 3 years and under. Register now.

Feeding Frenzy at the Aquarium

Join us monthly, usually the third Thursday of each month, from 5 - 6 p.m. to learn about and assist in feeding some of our favorite critters from Narragansett Bay. See our little skates chow down, our stargazer electrify his prey, sharks tear into their dinner, and much more. Advanced registration ($10 General / $8 members) is required, for Feeding Frenzy dates and to register, click here or call 401-324-6020.

Private Aquarium Tour 

Book a private tour of our facility where you will be able to handle a multitude of live animals, ask our aquarium biologists all of those questions you never get a chance to or just experience over 30 exhibits without the distraction of other visitors.

This opportunity is perfect for visiting when we have limited public hours. Make your reservation today and join in the fun with Save The Bay!

Cost: $150 for up to 8 guests / $300 for 9-30 guests

Duration: 1 hour

Contact Grainne Conley (401-272-3540 x138) to book your private aquarium tour!

Parking at the Exploration Center

Labor Day through Memorial Day: Free parking

Memorial Day through Labor Day: Once you arrive at Easton’s beach pay to park in the temporary parking lot. When you purchase admission to the aquarium we will validate your parking ticket. When leaving the temporary parking lot, present the validated ticket and you will get a full or partial refund per City of Newport parking policy.  

Metered parking is available on memorial boulevard.

Volunteer at the Exploration Center!

Interested in welcoming visitors to the center, taking care of the animals and teaching about marine life? Join our team as an intern or volunteer! Visit our volunteer & internship page or contact Volunteer Manager July Lewis for more information.