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


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

December Theme - Our Bay, Our Future

"Our Bay, Our Future" focuses on conservation efforts within Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay. Visitors will enjoy scavenger hunts, kids crafts and story time. This month's craft is a "Promise Fish". Creators of the "Promise Fish" will add a pledge, or a promise, of what they can do to help protect and preserve the Bay. This month's book for story time is "All the Way to the Ocean", which focuses on how trash can move from humans into the ocean. The Aquarium will also display ways people can help conserve the Bay and what Save The Bay is currently doing to protect the Bay. 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.

  • December 19, 2016
  • January 19, 2017
  • February 16, 2017
  • February 21, 2017
  • February 23, 2017

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

  • 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 openeing, 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 on Veterans Day, November 11.

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.