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.

December Theme - Marvelous Mantis Shrimp 

This December we are going to look into the life of one Narragansett Bay’s most highly adapted creatures, the Marvelous Mantis Shrimp. Around the planet there are over 400 species and they all have something in common, they are the masters of their world. They have the fastest punch on the planet they can break shells and even glass. To add to their list of marvelous adaptations we can take a look at their vision. Our vision is in color and made from three primary colors that we can see, the butterfly can see five primary colors but the mantis shrimp can see 16! Their world must be beautiful beyond human comprehension. Try to imagine a color you have never seen before. This December come to Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium and see through the eyes of the Marvelous Mantis Shrimp!

11:00 Story Time: Mantis Shrimp: Master of Punching
12:00 Mantis Shrimp Feeding
01:00 Mantis Shrimp scavenger hunt
02:00 Creature feature: Mantis Shrimp Mysteries
03:00 Beach walk (weather dependent)

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.