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.

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

  • 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.

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 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.