Visitor Tips

Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. You'll be amazed at all there is to see and do, including fun and interactive activities, like touching a shark or meeting a penguin.

Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located only two minutes from Downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Have a safe and enjoyable experience while visiting Newport Aquarium.

  • DO NOT enter into any restricted areas, including designed employee areas.
  • Enter the aquarium through designated entrances during operating hours only.
  • Use designated walkways and public access areas throughout the aquarium. Do not cross any fences, chains, landscape areas or other barriers
  • Be attentive to your surroundings. Watch where you are walking. Walk, don’t run.

Riverfest Visitor Tips

Plan ahead and purchase your tickets online.
When you purchase your tickets online, you can pick your day of visit and time of entry. Last entry on September 3rd is 3:00 p.m.

Visit early in the day!
The Aquarium tends to be most popular in the afternoon.

Map out a plan.

For easy access to Newport Aquarium we recommend parking in the Newport on the Levee parking garage. Be aware that Special Event parking prices apply on Sunday, September 3rd after 12 pm.

If you are using a GPS, please use the address 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071 and it will take you directly into the Newport On The Levee garage.

Please note, there will be some parking restrictions and street closures as the Kentucky National Guard will be on hand to manage the guests attending the Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks show in the evening.

Click here for more information on PARKING

Click here for information on City of Newport STREET CLOSURES. Please note that surrounding communities may have closures as well. 

For additional tips regarding bag checks, timed entry, free wi-fi and more, please visit the More Tips page. 


The Newport Aquarium is open 365 days a year, with extended Summer and holiday hours to maximize visitor enjoyment. Hours subject to change without notice.

Aquarium Directions

We are located two minutes from Downtown Cincinnati with easy access to Interstates 71, 75 and 471.

Shows and Feeds

There are a lot of fun things to do today! You can play with penguins, touch sharks, walk inches above sharks and see animals and fish being fed.

Additional Experiences

Treat yourself to a unique animal experience when you visit the Newport Aquarium with a Penguin Encounter or a Backstage Animal Experience.

Upcoming Events

The Newport Aquarium always has more NEW to See and Do. Check out our listing of fun, family-friendly activities coming to the Aquarium.


To satisfy your shark-like hunger, there's no better place than the Newport Aquarium's Sharky's Cafe.


For the safety of our guests, and to make our guest experience more enjoyable, we find it necessary to institute a few policies. Please take some time and review these before your visit.

Gift Shop

Take home a souvenir, special gift or collector's item from our Gift Shop to remember your Aquarium visit.

Area Accomodations

The Newport Aquarium has partnered with many fine hotels to accommodate all travelers to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.


In 2014, through a new partnership with Cincinnati-based ArtWorks, Newport Aquarium celebrated its 15 year anniversary with the addition of the brand new #SharkWall.

Get Connected

Get FREE wi-fi with the Connect Cincinnati app from Cincinnati Bell.


Click here to download a printable copy of our brochure.

More Tips

Get the most out of your visit to Newport Aquarium with these Visitor Tips.