One of Newport’s longest running attractions is shutting down.
Undersea Gardens at Newport’s Bayfront opened in 1966 as a floating “people-quarium” – with the people inside and the fish outside. Divers would narrate for visitors from the outside, and discuss the undersea wildlife in Yaquina Bay.
The attraction is owned by Mariners Square, and on Sunday they posted in Facebook that the public is invited to tour the Undersea Gardens for free from September 3 to 8, as a way to say goodbye to the attraction, but that the last dive show would be the next day, Monday.
The gift shop will remain open until Oct. 11.
Mariner’s Square owns two other Newport attractions, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! and The Wax Works. In their Facebook post, the company disclosed the Undersea Gardens closure aligns with renovations at their other two attractions. The company did not disclose the nature of the renovations.
According to The Oregonian, the owners cited expensive upkeep and changes in local tastes for the closure. Still, the closure was surprising, given it was announced on the company’s Facebook page only a day prior to the last dive.