Newport Aquarium Roadschool Guide

Newport Aquarium

Location: Newport, KY


Reciprocal: Herschend Family Entertainment Passes

Full Price Admission Cost: $24.99 adults; $17.99 kids; under 2 free

Rating: 4 out of 5

My family has seen our fair share of aquariums through the years. Brendon loves them because of his ongoing fascination with sea creatures, and I love that we are able to get up close and personal with some really cool creatures that help feed that curiosity and encourage him to dive in deeper (pun intended). Therefore, when we had the opportunity to visit the well-praised Newport Aquarium, we all jumped on it.

The aquarium is fairly big, especially considering the fact that it’s located on Newport Levee amongst a collection of other business, meaning space is at a premium. A huge number of species are represented in the aquarium’s tanks, and everything is presented in an interesting and often interactive way, making the experience a unique one.

During our visit, we were given the opportunity to pet the creatures of a tide pool, play with rays, touch sharks, see an alligator face-to-face, and even walk on a narrow bridge over an open shark tank. (The bridge is enclosed with heavy-duty nets, don’t worry!)

Several tunnels are featured throughout the attraction, allowing guests to walk right through the watery world of the deep and feel the thrill of being surrounded by sea creatures. In addition to all these amazing underwater exhibits, the aquarium also features a frog room with tons of frog tanks and a frog-themed playground, as well as an awesome penguin viewing area and penguin play area.

This was without a doubt one of the best aquariums we have ever seen, and we highly recommend it to anyone in the Cincinnati area. That said, we do recommend seeking out a discount if at all possible because we did feel the prices were a bit steep.

Quick Tips

  • Food is available for purchase on the premises. Outside food is not allowed.
  • Garage parking is available for cars. Large trucks and vans will need to seek out private lot parking. There are lots of…er, lots around, but many of them only take cash. In our case, Apple Maps was able to give us info on each lot via the Parkopedia service.
  • The Aquarium is located on the levee which has tons of shopping and dining, meaning you may want to spend the entire day in the area.

Books to Read

Videos to Watch

Audio to Hear

Activities to Do

Things to Discuss

  • If you could be any ocean animal, what would it be and why?
  • Do you think mermaids exist? Why or why not?
  • If you could build an ocean-exploring vehicle, what would it be equipped with?
  • How can you help keep our oceans healthy?

Other Area Attractions

Below are some of the other great attractions in this area. We try to keep things affordable, sticking to free and cheap attractions and/or museums and zoos on reciprocal lists. If an attraction is affiliated with a reciprocal program or offers free admission, I have noted that beside the attraction listing. To learn more about saving money using reciprocal programs, see this post.

Closest Places to Stay on a Budget

For information on camping memberships, see this post.

Related Attractions in Other Areas

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