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

We will be OPEN during April school vacation: 4/14 - 4/23 (Including Easter Sunday)

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.


March
 Theme - Terrific Turtles
 

Visitors will be able to join in a range of activities from interactive lessons about the turtles’ varied adaptations to the harsh cold to anatomy guides and more. At the crafts table, young visitors will build their own mosaic turtles from scratch to bring home. An interactive story hour featuring “Tudley Didn't Know" teaches younger visitors about painted turtles, one of which is a resident at the Aqaurium. A “Boswer's Dinner Time” scavenger hunt sends visitors on a hunt around the Exploration Center for pieces of food we use to feed our snapping turtle, Bowser! 

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.

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.
  • 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 April school vacation: April 14 - April 23 (Including Easter Sunday)

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.