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Newport Aquarium

#1 of 20 things to do in Newport Features Animals
1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071-1679
+1 800-406-3474
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Aquarium is great-don't pay for the penguin encounter

The aquarium was wonderful. However we paid for the penguin encounter and it was a HUGE waste of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile
Definitely Worth the Trip

This is a fun family place and next to many great restaurants and activities. I recommend making a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lansing, Michigan
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Rated #1 U.S. Aquarium by Readers’ Choice Travel Awards and #1 Aquarium in the Midwest by Zagat Survey. Home to thousands of aquatic animals in scores of exhibits, the Newport Aquarium will amaze you with all there is to see and do. You can touch a penguin, pet a shark, hear divers talk to the audience during feeding time, play games in Frog Bog, eat lunch in Sharkey's Cafe and a much, much more!
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071-1679
+1 800-406-3474
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The aquarium was wonderful. However we paid for the penguin encounter and it was a HUGE waste of money. They spent more time in the way taking pictures you have to buy separately than actually getting to see the penguins. It started late and ended...More

Thank Bsimpson88
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a fun family place and next to many great restaurants and activities. I recommend making a day of Newport on the levee Spring through Fall.

Thank Kokomo2130
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This aquarium is top notch! It is full of interesting things to see and to do. We especially liked the shark bridge, touching the sting rays, star fish, & small sharks, the tunnels, Frogger game, sea horses, and penguins.

Thank Tammy F
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Aquarium is great for adults and kids of all ages. We brought our 2-year old and he loved seeing all of the different aquatic animals. However, there aren't a lot of "activities" or hands-on things for younger kids to do. The aquarium grounds were...More

Thank Curtis M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wanted to see an aquarium that was hands on and versatile and we were NOT disappointed. This is great for the entire family. Up close experience with sharks, sting rays and baby alligators. We had the best time and it was fairly affordable. We paid...More

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a return visit to the Newport Aquarium. We had taken the kids there when they were little. In their 20s now, they enjoyed it just as much as the first time. It remains an outstanding attraction. They have done a good job keep...More

Thank mjr469p
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family (me, wife and two children ages 6 and 7) had a very enjoyable time at the aquarium - more than I as expecting really! It is very well maintained, laid out well and many, many interesting exhibits. We especially enjoyed the dive show,...More

Thank KYJman
Reviewed 1 week ago

Too crowded always trying. To upgrade your ticket status they let too many older kids hog the petting arras

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was so crowded that it was almost not enjoyable. The spaces are too small to let that many people in. Upset that the jellyfish are gone as that was my favorite part.

Thank alindner25
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a waste of time and money! The 15 min encounter with penguin es was not what I expected. You basically just pet them for literally one second and take a picture and it's over! Overall the best thing was the food!

Thank Nancy L
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Kayla Marie G
3 July 2017|
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Response from Peggy M | Reviewed this property |
There was plenty of parking. There was a garage and the Elevators took you to street level and to the front door of the aquarium.
Rebecca R
2 July 2017|
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Response from killian30 | Reviewed this property |
I would look to eat somewhere outside the aquarium. The cafe is small, expensive and noisy. We did actually get a little something for my 2 year old granddaughter because you have to feed a 2 year old, otherwise they become... More
Lori P
22 June 2017|
Response from Natraj A | Reviewed this property |
Adults are $25 + tax and Children costs $17 + tax. If you buy from Kroger, you get $2 off per ticket I guess. Also check out online for any coupons. This is the general admission one. They do have yearly passes as well. It... More