250 SW Bay Blvd.
Newport, OR 97365
Wax Works Description
The trumpeting wax elephant at the entrance gives little indication of the fun kind of creepiness your family will find inside. Walk among the dark displays and see Michael Jackson playing the piano and Sherlock Holmes looking for crime clues. It's sort of like being among dead people, many of whom (like Johnny Depp) are still actually alive. Scary sound effects (noise of a blizzard as you see a display of the Oregon Trail) and creepy signs (about escaped convicts and Big Foot) lend to the feeling that you're actually in a haunted wax house.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Plenty of tots go through the Wax Works (most clutching to a parent) and many love it ("It was my favorite!" exclaimed one 4-year-old), but this experience may be too dark and intense for sensitive souls.
School-Age Kids: If your child is prone to nightmares or doesn't like the sight of (fake) blood, skip this attraction.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Twenty-somethings have been known to change their minds once they walk in, but this is a paradise of the creeps for thrill-seeking pre-teens and teens.
- Buy a combination ticket. Wax Works is run by the same company as the Undersea Gardens and Ripley's Believe it or Not! If you plan to experience all of them, save money by buying a discounted combination ticket to all three.
- Save time to stroll. A walk along Bay Boulevard, Newport's shopping and dining district, is a nice way to clear your mind with some old-fashioned, well-lighted window shopping.
- Wax your hand(s). The gift shop is huge, and if you've been inspired to immortalize yourself in wax, you can have a wax sculpture made of your hand or hands for an extra charge of under $15.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. in summer. Hours vary during the rest of the year.
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour