Exploration Center & Aquarium

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 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.


August
 Theme - Tropical Travelers!
 

Tropical fish are swimming into our Bay and into our attention in August at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium. August is Tropical Travelers month at the hands-on center, giving visitors a chance to learn all about the fish who normally live in warmer, more tropical waters along the coast of Florida and up the east coast but wind up in Narragansett Bay when they are swept up in the Gulf Stream. Guests of all ages will be delighted by an interactive story hour featuring “Look! Fish” by Stephanie Calmenson, a tropical fish-themed scavenger hunt with surprise prizes, arts and crafts, and our new exhibit featuring a possible Narragansett Bay of the future as water temperatures continue to warm and bring more tropical species into the area.

During the summertime, an influx of warm water in the Gulf Stream has recently begun to carry millions of eggs and tropical fish up the Atlantic coast, including the smooth trunkfish, gray triggerfish, scamp grouper and others. By sheltering these tropical fish at the aquarium, Save The Bay ensures they will survive our cold winter waters and helps educate community members about the marine life of Narragansett Bay.

Public Programs at the Aquarium

  • Feeding Frenzy: The third Thursday of every month (dates listed below) - Join us from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. to learn about and assist in feeding some of our favorite critters. See our little skates chow down, watch our stargazer electrify his prey, and more. Advanced registration ($10/$8 members) is required. Call 401-324-6020 to register.
    • September 15, 2016
    • October 20, 2016
    • November 17, 2016

Featured exhibits

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

Location

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.
  • February and April public school vacations: Daily 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Third Thursday of every month - Feeding Frenzy: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • 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

  • Starting on September 2 we will only be open Fridays through Sundays 10-4.

For more information call 401-324-6020

Admission

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.