Newport Aquarium

On the riverbank in Northern Kentucky, you'll find one of the coolest aquatic attractions in the country - the Newport Aquarium. With several fascinating exhibits, you'll view everything from penguins to turtles to seahorses to sharks and much, much more.

My kids and I really enjoyed "Surrounded by Sharks." Walking through a tunnel you can see sharks and other sea creatures swimming by at all angles. It's quite a site to see. There's also a shark bridge that you can walk, stepping just feet above a pool of giant sharks.

There's a touch pool where kids are invited to touch sea stars, horseshoe crabs and anemones. The Stingray Hideaway just opened over Memorial Day Weekend and remains open until early September with an opportunity to see stingrays up close and even touch them.

Be sure to explore the website in advance,, for special admission offers.

Oh, and for when you get hungry, you'll find a spot in the aquarium to enjoy a local staple, Skyline Chili - or I'd also recommend stepping across the courtyard to Tom + Chee for some awesome grilled cheese!


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