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We are delighted to announce that we are open and once again welcoming people into the Visitor Center. Read below for more trip details.
Visitors are required to make a reservation to enter the Visitor Center. Online reservations can be made up to four weeks in advance.
This simple process allows you to register multiple people at one time. The online reservation system also shows the number of openings available for each time slot so you can ensure there are enough spaces for your party.
Currently we are allowing people up to one hour to tour the Visitor Center. Trips start on the half hour.
A maximum of 60 visitors are allowed in the Center per hour.
To minimize contact, a one-way route has been set up through the Center. You can go through the Center as many times as you can during your one hour visit.
Get maps and driving directions from Google Maps.
Car: Newport is an hour west of Interstate 5 via Oregon Highway 20, the most direct route between the Willamette Valley and the coast. A number of other routes cross the Coast Range, and many visitors enjoy the leisurely, scenic trip along the Pacific Coast Highway, US 101.
Bus: Coast to Valley Express offers round trip bus service to Newport from Albany, Corvallis and Philomath.
In-town shuttle: The City Loop Shuttle makes several stops daily at the HMSC. Route and schedule information is available here.
To ensure the safety of our visitors, the health of our animals, and the comfort of all, we appreciate your cooperation in observing the following guidelines while visiting the Center:
The Visitor Center has one adult and one youth-sized wheelchair available for visitors. The touch tank exhibit is wheelchair accessible. Please email us or call (541-867-0100) with any additional questions.