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Newport Yaquina Bay BridgeNewport is a city on the central Oregon Coast. It was incorporated in 1882, though the name dates back to the establishment of a post office in 1868.

It is the home of the famous Yaquina Bay Bridge, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, two lighthouses and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Oregon Coast Aquarium was once the home of the Free Willy star and is consistently rated one of the best aquariums in the country.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 29 acre facility featuring more than 190 animal species, including seals, otters, sea lions, tufted puffins and a giant octopus. (You can even get kissed by a sea lion) The aquarium also has six acres of cliffs, rocky caves, tidepools and nature trails. You can walk through one of the largest seabird aviaries in North America, or visit the rocky coast exhibit, where sea lions, seals and sea otters splash and play. As well as world class fish tank displays there are hands on displays and interactive computers to help you learn about Oregon's coasts and wetlands.

Historic Nye Beach was established by John Nye, who obtained a160 acre land claim in 1866 when Newport was first opened for settlement. Sam Irvin promoted Nye Beach as a destination resort area in the 1880's. By the early 1900's, L.C. Smith, a Realtor, promoted the area as "The Promised Land." Smith was responsible for many of the wooden boardwalks which linked the Nye Beach oceanfront neighborhood to the bayfront area. Nye Beach and the Bay Front Area are both must stroll areas.

The Newport Bayfront area is home to Oregon's biggest commercial fishing fleet. As you stroll along the Newport Bayfront you will find restaurants, galleries, boat tours, gift shops, candy shops and a lot of fun. Sea lions as well as boats inhabit the many private docks and public piers.

Toledo is just a seven mile drive east of Newport and the only inland coastal community with a deep water channel. The historic town of Toledo is a charming blend of seaside town, river town surrounded by the Oregon Coast range.



Sea Lion Adapts to its New Home at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport

Maya, a female California sea lion that arrived at the Aquarium in March, is now about 16 months old and appears to have formed a very close bond with an older sea lion, Lea.

Lea_and_Maya_Sea_LionsA young sea lion brought to the Aquarium early this year is adjusting well to her new home at the Aquarium. “Maya,” a female California sea lion that arrived at the Aquarium in March, is now about 16 months old and appears to have formed a very close bond with an older sea lion, Lea.  The two have been demonstrating behaviors similar to that of mother and offspring.

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Behind the Scenes October at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport

Open House October

Visitors will be treated to behind the scene glimpses of exhibits with new animals

maya-the-sea-lionThe Oregon Coast Aquarium is inviting visitors behind the scenes throughout the month of October during special interpretive glimpses of daily featured exhibits. "Open House October" will offer visitors a chance to see how Aquarium animals are cared for, how the life support systems work and areas normally off limits to the public.

"The Aquarium has acquired three new animals recently and one more is arriving soon," said Cindy Hanson, Aquarium Public Relations Manager. "We'd like to take this opportunity to spotlight a different animal each week and let everyone know about our new residents." Areas open to public view will be listed on a schedule at the Visitor Services area near the Aquarium lobby. All activities are included with regular Aquarium admission.

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Oregon Coast Aquarium to Host Nye Beach Murder Mystery
Newport

murderThe Oregon Coast Aquarium will host the Nye Beach Murder Mystery October 8 - 9 with an interactive "whodunit" benefitting the Aquarium and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

The event is based upon the murder mystery, "Body in the Bloody Water Well" by Ram Papish, an 1898 themed mystery. Participants are encouraged to wear 1890's costumes throughout the event. The cast will vote for best costume at the "Big Reveal" Saturday night.

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Jellyfish Jubilee: A Celebration of Food and Wine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium September 22, 2012
Newport

JellyfishJubaleeExcitement is building as the area's top restaurants get ready for the Aquarium's fund raiser.

The event, benefiting the Aquarium's exhibits and education programs, offering an evening of Northwest cuisine and wines as well as a silent auction and live music.

The 5th annual Jellyfish Jubilee

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CupCakes and the Oregon Coast - What could be sweeter? Cupcake Camp in Nye Beach
Newport

cupcakecampCupcake Camp is coming to the Oregon Coast.

With the official title as the "Oregon Coast Cake & Cupcake Camp", this sweet event is set for October 1-2 in Nye Beach, Newport, Oregon and will be hosted by Celeste McEntee, owner of Nye Beach Market and Celestial Cupcakes. Oregon Coast Cake & Cupcake Camp will be a 2 day event!

The Oregon Coast Cake & Cupcake Camp this is a gathering of cupcake-lovers to raise money for a good cause.

How can you not love these cute miniature cakes with bright dollops of frosting on top? Bake or buy cupcakes to bring -or- just come to eat and help support the charity.

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New 375 acre Oregon Coast State Natural Area Opening
Newport

BEAVERCREEKBring your binoculars, boots or small boat to Beaver Creek. This new park offers paddling, bird watching, walks in the marshland and hiking in upland meadows.

Put in your kayak or canoe at the Ona Beach launch. The two-mile paddle meanders up the Beaver Creek valley with views of the surrounding Sitka spruce and alder forested hills.

Look for beaver, river otter, muskrat and nutria. If you're lucky, you may see a Roosevelt elk or black-tailed deer.

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Jazz on the Central Oregon Coast at the 7th Annual Newport Jazz Festival
Newport

Bringing great jazz and jazz lovers together on the beautiful Oregon Coast!

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Come to the Central Oregon Coast for a Wild Seafood Weekend September 8-9, 2012
Newport

The Newport Wild Seafood Weekend is brought to you by Newport Fishermen's Wives. This two day event is a celebration of our Northwest's vital wild-caught seafood industry and the men and women who make it thrive and sustainable; hard working fishermen and families who are small businesses harvesting our seafood.

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