Exploration Center & Aquarium

Winter Hours (Labor Day–Memorial Day): Fri.–Sun. 10 am–4 pm

Summer Hours (Memorial Day–Labor Day): Daily 10 am–4 pm

Open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan 16, 10 am–4 pm

Open for Newport Winterfest, Feb. 17–26, 10 am–4 pm


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.

January Theme - Crazy Cool Fish

January is all about critters. “Crazy Cool Fish” is this month’s theme at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium, where guests can learn about the more unique inhabitants of Narragansett Bay. An interactive story hour featuring “Flossie Flounder: A Tale of a Flat Fish” teaches visitors of all ages about different fish types. A “Fish Anatomy” scavenger hunt sends guests on a hunt around the Exploration Center for pieces of fish which will create one large fish once the hunt is complete! And this month’s craft encourages kids use their imaginations to develop a type of fish all their own. Family membership days are generously sponsored by Corvias Solutions.

We are open Friday through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Feeding Frenzy at the Aquarium

Join us from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. to learn about and assist in feeding some of our favorite critters. Come and help us feed 100’s of animals all from Narragansett Bay! See our little skates chow down; watch our stargazer electrify his prey, sharks tear into their dinner and much more. Advanced registration ($10 General / $9 with current Winter Festival Button / $8 members) is required, click here or call 401-324-6020 to register.

  • January 19, 2017
  • February 16, 2017
  • February 21, 2017 (School Vacation)
  • February 23, 2017 (School Vacation)
  • March 16, 2017
  • April 20, 2017


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 Rhode Island Public School Vacation (excluding: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve/Day and New Year's Eve/Day)
  • Feeding Frenzy special opening, click here.
  • Open year-round for Schools and Groups, and offering education programs linked to the Grade Span Expectations.  Browse & book programs > 

Other important dates for the Exploration Center & Aquarium

  • We will be OPEN during Newport Winterfest, February 17-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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.

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.