Exploration Center & Aquarium

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Easton's Beach, Newport

Whether you're a local or just visiting the Newport area, our Exploration Center & Aquarium with its beachfront location, is the perfect family destination. 

Our interactive marine science center is home to more than 140 species from Narragansett Bay. Children can get face-to-fin with lobsters, crabs, and fish from our local waterways. With Newport's only ocean-facing beach just outside our front door, you can continue the beachcombing experience after your visit.

November Theme - Outrageous Octopus

Our November theme is the Outrageous Octopus - Narragansett Bay's most intelligent invertebrate. November is the time of year when octopi wander their way back into Narragansett Bay after spending the entire summer in the cooler, deeper waters of the Rhode Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. This creature has adaptations that are simply outrageous, we'd love to see our military community come to our Exploration Center and Aquarium on Veteran's Day (or any day!) to learn about what makes this animal one of the most unique on the planet. Our schedule of activities for Veteran's Day is as follows:  

11:00 Story Time: Oozy Octopus
12:00 Octopus Feeding
01:00 Octopus scavenger hunt
02:00 Creature feature
03:00 Beach walk (weather dependent)

As a part of the Veteran's Day festivities we will be offering half-price admission for guests with military ID (so, $4/person instead of $8/person). We'll also be offering military families $10 off our Save The Bay Family Membership, which gives unlimited free admission to the Exploration Center & Aquarium for 2 adults and 4 children, as well as member rates on seal tours, summer camps, Save The Bay swag, and other goodies.

Featured exhibits

  • Three touch tanks
  • Big Fish of the Bay 
  • Smooth dogfish sharks
  • Little skates
  • Rare lobsters


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

Hours of operation

  • Memorial Day – Labor Day: Daily 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Labor Day – Memorial Day: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • All public school vacations: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Other important dates for the Exploration Center & Aquarium

  • OPEN - Wednesday, November 11
  • CLOSED - Friday, December 25
  • OPEN - Saturday, December 26
  • CLOSED - Friday, January 1 
  • OPEN - Saturday, January 2

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 4 children. Become a member now

Open year-round for Schools and Groups, and offering education programs linked to the Grade Span Expectations.  Browse & book programs > 

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.