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Shark Week

Celebrate Shark Week at Newport Aquarium!
July 5-12


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Newport Aquarium is the Shark Capital of the Midwest and with more shark-infested activities than ever before, its the best place to celebrate Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Visit between July 5 & 12 to see nearly 60 sharks up-close, including sand tigers, sand bars, black tips and white tips, Shark Rays and more! Newport Aquarium currently features over 15 species from oceans around the world. 


Shark-Infested Activities:

Shark Bridge:

Experience sharks like never before by crossing the world’s first and only Shark Bridge. Included with admission, the Shark Bridge is a 75-foot-long rope suspension bridge that hangs just inches above nearly two dozen lurking sharks.

  • Daily: Open to Close

Meet Our Rare Shark Rays:


See 4 Shark Rays on display in Newport Aquarium’s Surrounded By Sharks Exhibit. Sweet Pea was the first Shark Ray on display in the Western Hemisphere. All four Shark Rays are members of the world’s first Shark Ray Breeding Program, which yielded the first known Shark Ray birth in a captive environment in 2014.

  • Shark Ray Feed: Monday-Friday @ 1:30 p.m.

See a Shark Feed up Close:


Are sharks ferocious eaters? Watch and decide for yourself as our Sand Tiger, Sandbar, Whitetip and Blacktip Sharks are surface fed by our biologists. View the sharks from the Surrounded by Sharks tunnels, or get a biologists’ point-of-view from the Shark Top viewing area. 

  • Shark Tank Feed: Monday-Wednesday @ 11 a.m.

Touch Sharks:


Yes, you heard us right! You can touch dozens of sharks in the Shark Central Exhibit. Our Animal Experience Specialists will teach you the proper two-finger touch technique and help you understand the species in this international collection.

  • Daily: Open to Close

Daily Shark Tank Dive Shows:


Step into our Shark Ray Bay Theater for your first and biggest view of our Shark Rays, sharks and the divers who care for them. Underwater Dive Shows allow you to hear our divers talk about the sharks and animals all around them and what you can do to protect their natural environments. Divers even answer your questions.

  • Weekends @ Noon, 12:20 p.m., 12:40 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:20 p.m. and 2:40 p.m.


A Different View:


Get a fascinating topside view of the Shark Rays and their friends as you look down into the Surrounded By Sharks tank from one of the country’s largest open air tank displays.

Sharky’s Café:


Stop by Sharky’s Café and take a bite out of your hunger with these tasty Shark Week specials.

Shark Ray Burger with Kettle Chips: $8.99
Shark Bite Chicken Sandwich: $7.99
Plus, check out our selection of shark themed desserts!

Sharks After Dark Overnight Adventures:


Guests can sink their teeth into some great shark facts and sleep safely as they swim above. Every Overnight Adventure includes exclusive aquarium access, animal-themed games and activities. Learn More.

  • Friday, July 10 at 7:30pm