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Ocean World

304 Highway 101 South


Ocean World aquarium is privately owned and operated and has been in Crescent City since 1964. Originally Ocean World was called Under Sea Gardens and was located in the small boat basin. It was a barge that was built in Seattle as an aquarium and floated down to Crescent City and rested in the harbor. Visitors would descend below the surface of the water to observation windows to view the sea life. 

In 1985 the barge was moved to dry land and took on a new life as Undersea World aquarium. The aquarium now consists of tanks holding over half a million gallons and an abundance of sea life, including sharks, seals, sea lions, rays and wolf eels. Now with a name change to Ocean World and added attractions of shark petting, interactive tide pool, and a highflying sea lion performance, we have something for the whole family.



Friday, April 13, 2018
We were pleasantly surprised by this small aquarium. Sea lions are very happy there and as we learned through the guide live much longer than in the wild since they get food, attention, play time and everything else they need for a happy, healthy and long life. They even took in 2 sting rays that fishermen brought to them from the wild since they found them w/out their tails and therefore won’t survive in the wild. Our kids (4, 11 & 16) enjoyed the tour and especially when they were able to touch the shark. The gift shop is big and full of fun stuff. Overall we had a great time.

Alyce Walker

Sunday, May 6, 2018
It was a wonderful facility and the staff was happy and welcoming. We had a guided tour of the aquarium, narrated by Brad. He was very knowledgeable about what they had at the aquarium and more. He could answer every question the group had. There's a hands on tidal pool and we got to touch the star fish and other things. And they had sea lions, seals, leopard sharks, a tiger shark, and a bunch of goofy looking fish. At the end, they have a show with the seals and sea lion; they get fed and do tricks. Wonderful place, great gift shop that's reasonably priced; I would go again and again!

Raven Feather

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Staff here are patient, relaxed, and friendly. A very small aquarium, so tour is all you get. Tour is about 25 - 35 minutes if you take your time. Upon entering pass a couple of pirates, you can take pictures with them. A small hands- on pool, hold a starfish. Head up the walkway and downstairs to see sharks, seals, stingrays, and rock fish. Head upstairs to pet a shark. The last part of the tour is a mini performance by sea lions or seals. Gratuities are accepted as you depart. The through the doors and into a huge gift shop, where I found 2 beautiful masks.

Samantha Cummings

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
We had a blast! the walk through was great and the guide knowledgeable. Really enjoyed the show at the end thanks for the experience! Would say I wanted more in the tank to touch but all in all my kids had so much fun...parents too.

Kira Trinity

Friday, May 11, 2018
Fun place! I really like seeing how the seals and sea lions are progressing. I’ve talked at length with some of the trainers and they’ve said working there is one of their favorite jobs they’ve ever had. A few employees in the gift shop have rubbed me the wrong way before but most everyone has been super nice.

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