The Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is a research and teaching facility located on the Yaquina Bay estuary, about one mile from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. HMSC plays an integral role in programs of marine and estuarine research and instruction, as a laboratory facility serving resident scientists, as a base for far-ranging oceanographic studies, and as a classroom for students.
The various marine habitats in close proximity to the Hatfield Marine Science Center are ideal sites for ecological studies and provide a rich flora and fauna for laboratory investigations as it the Yaquina Bay estuary provides a gradient from marine to freshwater habitats with extensive intertidal sand and mud flats as well as salt marsh areas.
Visitor Center Hours – Summer: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
Winter: Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Marine Discovery Tours offers Whale Watching and Sea Life Cruises daily from March through October. Visitors can look for everything from grey whales to tiny plankton while aboard the largest cruiser on the Coast, the 65′ Discovery.
Surfers and surf watchers energize this area! During winter storms, water from the restless ocean slams with a thundering roar into a hollow rock formation shaped like a huge punch bowl. The surf churns, foams, and swirls as it mixes...
Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center & Waldport Museum
The Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center in Waldport was constructed by the Oregon Department of Transportation as part of the bridge replacement project and is also the home of The Waldport Heritage Museum (opened in July 2021). Experience the...