Image of the Freshwater Falls exhibit at Newport Aquarium Image of the Freshwater Falls exhibit at Newport Aquarium

Freshwater Falls

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

Freshwater Falls features dozens of species of plants and animals among 13 tanks. Highlights 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

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

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.


Under The Falls

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.

Things to Know

Important Symbols To Look For:

   
Water Story Water Story indicates where crucial information can be found about water, our most precious resource.
SSP Species Survival Plan indicates that an animal is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program (SSP) and is being managed within multiple zoos and aquariums so that it doesn't become extinct.
Vanishing Animal Vanishing Animal means that the species is either threatened or endangered and in need of our help or attention.
Conservation Supporting Conservation showcases a conservation message or a conservation project supported by our WAVE Foundation's Aquatic Conservation Fund.