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Newport Aquarium

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Address: 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071
Phone Number: 1-800-406-3474
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Rated #1 U.S. Aquarium by Readers’ Choice Travel Awards and #1 Aquarium in...

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!

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Family Fun for all!

This was our first visit to this aquarium, and it was very nice. I really enjoyed how you just flow through each exhibit and the ability to interact with some of the fish. My... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
mandy8943
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Bloomington, IN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There were a lot of exhibits off and under construction. I would say it's a very tight fit for folks with strollers and wheel chairs.

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Thank Becki M
Huntingburg, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I took our 2yr old there and had a blast! There was plenty for the whole family to do!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is fun if you happen to be in town but I wouldn't make a special trip just to visit. It's a very cool place to bring young children but for adults there is really nothing that will blow you away. Also - it's expensive and somewhat small Again, definitely worth a visit but don't plan your vacation around... More 

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Bloomington, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to this aquarium, and it was very nice. I really enjoyed how you just flow through each exhibit and the ability to interact with some of the fish. My son enjoyed being able to touch the sting rays and starfish. We had a great time!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our entire family truly enjoyed this attraction. Excellent exhibits reflected some first-rate curation. They had some unusual species that we had never encountered. Several places when you walked under and over the fish tanks. The only small problem was that the museum ends in a location where it's very difficult to exit quickly or safely. Hopefully they can make a... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the aquarium to do the penguin interaction. With two 13 year old girls and my 6 year old daughter that has autism. She really loves peguins. These are warm weather penguins and very small so you have to sit down and place your feet on the ground flat so you don't accidentally hurt them. Very different from sea... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This past weekend was our first trip to the aquarium. Our boys (ages 10 & 4) really enjoyed it. It was rather busy but being the weekend during the winter, we expected some crowds. It took us approximately 2 hours to walk through everything ( we didn't watch any of the shows). My kids loved the penguin exhibit, the giant... More 

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Florence, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought an annual pass and are sorry. The price really was appealing for the year, but you can go thru the place so fast it really is not worth the trip. Being the weekend we knew it would be crowded but it was crazy. You could hardly move around, lines to wait in to see everything, could not even... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They had a great variety of animals, the penguins were my favorite. It's great that you can sit on the stairs and watch there antics for as long as you like. The HUGE alligator was awesome too! Will certainly go back

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Fostoria, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been there 3 times. We enjoy going. We did notice that we didn't enjoy it quite as much this time for two reasons. 1. It was much more crowded today. 2. We didn't have the kids with us. It's definitely better when you can watch the kids be amazed. Ok for the price. Biggest downfall....can't take strollers through... More 

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