June 09, 2020


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Newport, KY - 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. With added health and safety measures for guests and employees now in place, we are thrilled to announce Newport Aquarium is set to reopen exclusively for Annual Passholders starting June 22 and for all guests starting on June 25, 2020.

“Our team has been taking great care of the animals but we’re so excited to get them back their people watching time,” said Newport Aquarium Executive Director Eric Rose. “We’ve spent months thoughtfully preparing to reopen, and although the experience will be different, we’re confident these changes will help with the safety of our employees and guests and still get them what they love most about a visit to the aquarium.”

To ensure appropriate social distancing, daily aquarium capacity will be limited. Passholders and general admission guests will be required to reserve the date and time they wish to visit the aquarium. Tickets can be purchased at For guests with Annual Passes or who already have tickets purchased for a previous date, reservations can be made at Additional details and a “how-to” video are posted in both locations to assist guests with this new process.

Additionally, prior to entering the facilities, employees and visitors must have a touchless temperature screening and wear a mask. As a means to keep each other safe and to help mitigate the spread of the virus, wearing a mask remains critically important. Children under three are not required to wear a mask. Newport Aquarium appreciates guests’ continued support and for being patient as we adjust to this new normal. By working together, we can create a fun and enriching experience for guests, employees and the animals.

Newport Aquarium, named one of the top 10 U.S. aquariums in 2019 by USA Today’s and one of the top U.S. aquariums 2016 by Leisure Group Travel, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine, and also by Travel Channel, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.


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