Located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, in Newport, Kentucky, the Newport Aquarium is already home to one million gallons of water, three of the largest turtle species in the world and several hands-on experiences for kids. This year, the aquarium will debut three new attractions and exhibits, all of which promise to be exciting, engaging and educational.
Opening mid-March, Canyon Falls will occupy the area in the aquarium that is currently the Turtle Canyon exhibit, and will feature Asian, small-clawed otters. Otter talks will be held at the exhibit, which will allow guests to get up close to the critters, while learning about conservation of the species. Additionally, Canyon Falls will feature two new species of lizards – the yellow monitor and panther chameleon – that have never been seen at the aquarium before.
Scheduled to debut in mid-April, the Shark Bridge will be a 100-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge that is suspended over the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit tank. Adults, children and teens will get a unique look into the lives of the various species of sharks, stingrays and the hundreds of fish in the tank. Additionally, coinciding with the new Shark Bridge, the world’s largest collection of on-display scalloped hammerhead sharks will be added to the exhibit in April. The Shark Bridge will triple the viewing area around the popular Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.
Weeki Wachee Mermaids
After the popular 10-day visit in the fall of 2014, the Weeki Wachee Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida, will return to the aquarium in October 2015. More details will be announced closer to the mermaids’ arrival.
Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland
Now in its 13th season, the aquarium’s popular Scuba Santa Water Wonderland event will return on Nov. 27, 2015, but with newly reimagined activities and features on display. More details will be announced later this year.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz