Newport Aquarium 20th Anniversary

Newport Aquarium Celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2019

2019 is Newport Aquarium's 20th Anniversary! So, we're lining up a full year of amazing new fun with something for everyone. The new Jim Henson's Splash & Bubbles Reeftown Adventure opened in January. Coming next, the new Freshwater Falls exhibit will be opening in April. But that’s not it. More surprises are still to come with new animals, events and more. All to make sure 2019 is the BEST YEAR EVER at Newport Aquarium!

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Announcing Freshwater Falls!

Opening in April at Newport Aquarium

Freshwater Falls rendering

Freshwater Falls will let guests take a peek at what lies below the rippling surface of cascading streams and waterfalls around the world.

“There’s nothing more soothing than the sound of water cascading down a stream and nothing more invigorating than the roaring rush of a waterfall,” said Eric Rose, Newport Aquarium’s Executive Director. “The movement of the water draws us to these places but the rippling surface often hides the real wonder that lies beneath.”

Freshwater Falls will feature dozens of species of plants and animals among 13 tanks. Highlights of the new exhibit include a cross section of a cascading stream and waterfall both bursting with aquatic life.
A trip through a tunnel will give nature lovers a look beneath the breaking surface of a Kentucky waterfall at a habitat that often goes unseen.

Cascading Stream

See into a cross section of a cascading stream through the Congo. Discover animals like the West African lungfish, which walks on four fins and breathes air, and the elephantnose fish that finds food with an electric current in its long nose.

Waterfall Cross Section

Peer into a cross section of a Central American waterfall, home to a diverse collection of cichlids.
These brightly colored fish come in countless sizes and shapes and are known for their social structure and being very attentive parents.

Beneath the Falls

Enter the first tunnel of the aquarium and experience what it’s like to be underwater beneath a Kentucky waterfall.
See fish like bass, black crappie and perch as you’ve never seen them before amid the turbulent, bubbling waters.

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Announcing Splash & Bubbles Reeftown Adventure!

Now Open at Newport Aquarium

Splash & Bubbles Reeftown Adventure

Catch a current to Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles Reeftown Adventure only at Newport Aquarium!

Kids can climb and play their way through Coral Cove and become a Reeftown Ranger as they learn about our One Big Ocean and the animals that call it home.

Plus, visit the Kelp Forest where families can color their own fishy friends and bring them to life in the animated world of Splash and Bubbles!

Just like Splash & Bubble do on TV, guests will “Catch a current” as they enter this fun new experience on their way to explore and play in Reeftown, Coral Cove, Kelp Forest and other environments from the show.
Reeftown Ranger Station
Kids can learn about the importance of ocean conservation through fun hands-on games as they earn their status as an official “Reeftown Ranger”.
Reeftown Kelp Forest
Parents and kids can color a fish that reflects their own personality. Then, through the magic of technology, they’ll bring their creations to life and watch them swim through the world of Splash and Bubbles among popular characters from the show.

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