Image of Shark Bridge and the Shark Tank Overlook exhibit exhibit at Newport Aquarium Image of Shark Bridge and the Shark Tank Overlook exhibit exhibit at Newport Aquarium

Shark Tank Overlook

Shark Tank Overlook featuring Shark Bridge, one of the country’s largest open air tank displays, allows guests two unique ways to view the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.

For those that prefer steady ground, you can walk along the top edge of the tank and see how many of the over a dozen sharks, three exotic shark rays, four stingrays and more than 300 fish you can count. If you’re lucky you might catch Denver the loggerhead sea turtle as he comes to the surface to take a breath.

Shark Bridge

For thrill-seekers that dare to cross, Shark Bridge is the one of the only suspension bridges in North America where guests can walk just inches above over a dozen sharks. This V-shaped rope bridge is 75-feet long and is suspended over the open water of the 385,000 gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit. The Shark Bridge experience is included with admission or annual pass.

Shark Bridge Facts: 

  • It took approximately 1000 labor hours for fabrication, building and installation. 
  • Shark Bridge is constructed of more than 4 miles of rope and approximately 1.5 tons of steel. 
  • With the addition of the Shark Bridge and the expanded floor space, Newport Aquarium has tripled the guest viewing area at the Shark Tank Overlook.

Plan your visit: 

Shark Bridge is an interactive family walk through experience. Walkers will experience slight side-to-side motion and some uneven footing. All guests must use the entrance due to the one-way direction of travel.  All guests must walk themselves. No guest may be carried.  Shark Bridge is an able-bodied experience. For the safety of all guests running, jumping, rough play, climbing, food and drinks are strictly prohibited on Shark Bridge. It is recommended that those with hard or soft casts or braces of any kind do not attempt Shark Bridge. Closed-toe shoes are recommended and shoes must be worn at all times. Children under 5 will need to be accompanied by parent, guardian, or chaperone. Newport Aquarium is not responsible for lost or dropped items. Guests are encouraged to secure all items before entering Shark Bridge. Items that fall may not be able to be retrieved.

Things to Know
Shark Tank Overlook

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.