You won’t have your toes in the sand, but you’ll feel like you’re at the ocean at Newport Aquarium near Cincinnati. Whether you make it a long weekend in Cincinnati or head there for the day, you’ll find plenty to explore for hours.
Newport Aquarium is just 2 hours away and showcases thousands of animals, plus fun and interactive activities, like touching a shark or meeting a penguin. Newport Aquarium is excited to announce the arrival of a new species of shark that is swimming its way into Shark Central. Wasabi and Sake, two baby Japanese Bullhead Sharks just joined more than a dozen other sharks in the Shark Central touch tank. Guests can easily spot the sharks as they make sand angels in the bottom of their tank, and by their long fins as they swim alongside the bigger sharks.
Newport Aquarium is getting ready to say goodbye to Mighty Mike, their 14 foot, 800 pound gator who is headed down south to live. He’s not one you’d want to meet in the wild, but you can check him out for a little while longer at Gator Alley! To celebrate Mighty Mike, take advantage of the 1 Kid Free discount through August 31!
Sundays through Fridays, one kid (ages 2-12) gets in free after 4 p.m. with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. This offer is available through August 31, and must be purchased online here.
Want to go more than once? Buy a membership to save money! Buy a Newport Aquarium Annual Pass now and you’ll get a FREE ticket to Dollywood, the premier theme park resort of the Smoky Mountains, good for visits now through November 3, 2018. Get your Newport Aquarium Annual Pass and start planning your family road trip to Dollywood today!
While you’re there, don’t miss the immersive exhibit Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus with three different zones to explore. Experience what it’s like to live deep in the sea with glowing lights and rumbling sounds representing churning seismic activity that created the rippling sea floor, caves and other rock formations where amazing creatures like the Giant Pacific Octopus live.
Explore the Stingray Hideaway where you’ll interact with stingrays like never before. Are all sea creatures slimy? Find out at Tide Pool Touch where you’ll have a touchable view of the many species of underwater creatures at the Touch Pool. Kids will love finding the secret frog tanks visible only when they climb through tunnels and tubes in the kids-only Frog Bog jungle gym. Are you brave enough to cross the Shark Bridge? Shark Bridge is the world’s first suspended rope bridge where guests can walk just inches above more than two dozen sharks, shark rays and other ocean animals.
Newport Aquarium is open every day of the year, and offers ticket discounts of $1-$3 at Kroger Stores, and with Military, AAA, and AARP membership.
Be sure to check out our Visitor Tips page for more suggestions to make your visit the best.
Want to enjoy a REALLY special Newport Aquarium event? Spend the night at Newport Aquarium with their special Overnight Adventures! Its cheaper than many hotels and includes special tours, activities, and more!