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February 21, 2023
Newport, KY (February 21, 2023) Newport Aquarium announced a brand-new exhibit today with opening weekend slated for March 3-5. Hatchling Harbor will bring an entirely new ecosystem and hundreds of colorful animals, many of them babies. At 25 feet, the new Caribbean seagrass habitat will be among the longest tanks in the aquarium. It’s set in an immersive environment designed to let visitors explore this special spot between the shore and the reef.
November 15, 2022
Newport, KY (November 15, 2022) The most wonderful time of the year approaches at Newport Aquarium as Scuba Santa swims back into town soon! This is the 20th Anniversary for the one-of-a-kind holiday tradition which runs from November 25 through December 24. With festive music, magical bubbles, cheery elves and three new sand tiger sharks to swim with, Scuba Santa is making his 20th year underwater one to remember!
November 02, 2022
Newport, KY (November 2, 2022) Newport Aquarium is now home to three new sand tiger sharks! Visitors and staff are excited to welcome their new finned friends, two males and one female, as they show off their nearly seven-foot-long frames and wide, toothy grins in the Surrounded by Sharks Exhibit.
The aquarium also announced a limited-time offer where annual pass purchasers get two additional months free, meaning 14 months to visit with the new sharks instead of the normal 12.
September 29, 2022
Visitors slow down to discover hidden clues and fascinating animals.
Newport Aquarium is kicking off the fall season with its Underwater Scavenger Hunt Around the World, presented by Skyline Chili. Starting this weekend, visitors are invited to slow down and discover the sometimes-overlooked animals as they search for hidden globes throughout the aquarium’s exhibits. Those who find all the clues will discover a hidden phrase that can be used to enter for a chance to win four Newport Aquarium Annual Passes and a $100 Skyline gift card.
August 25, 2022
There’s only a few more weeks of #SharkSummer, but the honoring of sharks is a year-round thing at Newport Aquarium. The aquarium’s popular Shark Summer event focuses on telling the stories of sharks of all shapes and sizes, but one species tends to stand out.
May 26, 2022
Newport Aquarium’s popular Shark Summer returns starting this Friday May 27. All summer long, the aquarium is highlighting these important and often misunderstood animals.
May 12, 2022
Newport Aquarium is now home to some of the rarest and most endangered reptiles in the world, as they welcome three new baby Orinoco crocodiles to Gator Alley.
April 25, 2022
April 25 is World Penguin Day and Newport Aquarium has plenty of reasons to celebrate. The internationally recognized day is meant to call attention to the plight of penguins around the world, many of which are endangered or threatened.
March 10, 2022
In brighter news, Newport Aquarium marks Opening Weekend for their all-new Coral Reef Tunnel this Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13. The 60,000-gallon walk-through exhibit surrounds guests in color, with 360-degree views of a thriving coral reef and all of its bright inhabitants.
March 01, 2022
Newport Aquarium is saying bye-bye to the Bayou Babies! The American Alligators first arrived at Newport Aquarium in Fall of 2019 when they were just one month old hatchlings and six inches long.
February 16, 2022
Herschend Enterprises, Newport Aquarium’s parent company and the nation’s largest privately-owned themed attractions corporation, has announced it will cover 100% of tuition, fees, and books for its 11,000 employees who choose to pursue further education.
November 05, 2021
Scuba Santa is swimming back to Newport Aquarium this year!
June 22, 2020
After almost 100 days of closure in support of the community’s social distancing efforts, Newport Aquarium reopens to the public starting today.
June 09, 2020
Over the past few months Newport Aquarium has been actively developing plans to ensure the aquarium can reopen when government and health officials deem it allowable to do so.
March 02, 2020
Opening weekend for Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels launches this Friday morning, March 6, 2020. The immersive new exhibit invites guests to explore the ruins of a long-ago sunken ship scattered across the sea floor, now home to hundreds of animals including mysterious eels, brightly colored fish and curious creatures as they thrive in this accidental reef.
November 08, 2018
A new experience, Jim Henson’s Splash and Bubbles Reeftown Adventure will open in January. The new addition for kids and families will kick off a year of surprises including new exhibits, animals, events and more.