Hey I’m posting some photos and a video clip from my recent trip to Portland Aquarium. I wasn’t even aware a public aquarium existed in Portland, but it’s a fairly new destination, opening in 2012.
I wasn’t sure what to expect since reviews online seemed to be mixed, but my overall takeaway was that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and stayed longer than I planned. Part of what made it surprisingly fun was seeing how much the other visitors were enjoying it. There were people of all ages…families, young couples, and of course plenty of kids. The biggest hits with the kids were the Stingray pool, seeing the Nemo and Dory fish, the Koi pond, and the Lorikeet feeding area. Below the video clip I’ll share more of my thoughts on the Portland Aquarium as part of the picture gallery tour.
Watch the Short Video Montage I Put Together…
Portland Aquarium Photo Gallery and Tour
A nice coastal theme on the exterior.
I didn’t see this castaway (or pirate?) the first time through, so I’m glad I noticed him my second pass through. Nice touch.
A kid-level viewing port into the mysterious world of sea creatures.
Some nice big tropical fish in this three sided tank just inside Gallery One.
A beached and abandoned motorboat holds one of the first of several touch pools at the aquarium.
A boat load of interesting textures for little hands to experience in this tidepool habitat.
Who doesn’t love a big ugly Moray Eel with blue beady eyes?
This little pucker lipped guy has a face only a mother Longhorn Cowfish could love.
This Jellyfish tank cycles through a rainbow of colors so I refer to it as the disco jellyfish tank. Here’s hoping they’ll be Stayin’ Alive for a long time. (sorry)
The picture I didn’t get in Gallery One (but does show up in the video) was the Finding Nemo tank. I heard several kids getting their parents attention with happy cries like “Mom, there’s Nemo!…oh there’s Dory!…Hi Dory!!!”.
These were the only two Pacific Sea Nettles I saw. These were one of the main reasons I came and I would have loved to see a larger display of them.
When you finish in Gallery One, take a selfie with this guy and then head up the ramp to Gallery Two.
I’m not sure but I think this guy is shooting me a look. I’m sure he’s a really nice shark when he’s done doing his tough guy routine for the day.
There’s a good selection of these bright digital screens for displaying additional information, like this one for mister tough guy.
This is an accidental picture but I thought it looked kinda cool.
The biggest room (Gallery Three, I believe) holds the Stingray and Shark touch pool. The rule for touching is with two fingers only.
I was surprised how playful the Rays were and they really seemed to enjoy being petted and fed. A very fun and interactive experience.
The next Gallery has a blast of color and activity with this Koi pond and touch tank. For the kids there’s a special windowed viewing port. (see video clip)
What can I say about this guy. He was a little hard to read.
The kids having fun feeding the Lorikeets. Good picture opportunities here! The staff seem really good about sharing knowledge and keeping it interesting for the kids.
There’s a small but interesting assortment of Amphibians and Reptiles. Just enough to mix it up.
An impromptu sharing session takes place when a staff member brings out a friendly Ball Python for a meet and greet.
You either love them or you hate them. The gal here had some fun facts to share and was very engaging with those that wanted a closer look.
There’s lots more here at the aquarium then I actually captured. There was a birthday party taking place near the Stingray tank, a jungle gym for the crawly humans, a hurricane wind tunnel, a penny stamping machine, group seating areas and of course…
The gift shop for taking home a souvenir or two. (Buy them first of course)
And that concludes the tour!
If you’re into doing hours of research before making a commitment to your family excursions, you can read up on all the reviews on TripAdvisor here. Otherwise, just go and make a good time of it!
Portland Aquarium is about 10 miles south of downtown Portland at 16323 SE McLoughlin Blvd. in Milwaukie.
For the best ticket prices, buy them online and save $3.00 off per ticket!
Business hours as of this writing are 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week but check their website at PortlandAquarium.net for the most up to date information regarding hours, prices and other things like group rates and special events.