We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

Newport Aquarium

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071-1679
Phone Number: +1 800-406-3474
Website
Today
10:00 - 18:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Description:

Rated #1 U.S. Aquarium by Readers’ Choice Travel Awards and #1 Aquarium in...

Rated #1 U.S. Aquarium by Readers’ Choice Travel Awards and #1 Aquarium in the Midwest by Zagat Survey. Home to thousands of aquatic animals in scores of exhibits, the Newport Aquarium will amaze you with all there is to see and do. You can touch a penguin, pet a shark, hear divers talk to the audience during feeding time, play games in Frog Bog, eat lunch in Sharkey's Cafe and a much, much more!

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,387 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 652
    Excellent
  • 459
    Very good
  • 192
    Average
  • 41
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
1st visit to the aquarium.

This aquarium is really nice and the employees do a wonderful job. My toddler really loved seeing all the fish and petting the shark and rays. The Scuba Santa was a nice touch. 5... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Bigmarv1975
,
Monroe, Ohio
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

1,387 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,369: English reviews
Monroe, Ohio
Level Contributor
70 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This aquarium is really nice and the employees do a wonderful job. My toddler really loved seeing all the fish and petting the shark and rays. The Scuba Santa was a nice touch. 5 star experiences with a 4 star price. This was a very expensive visit.

Helpful?
Thank Bigmarv1975
Fort Myers, Florida
Level Contributor
32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a great experience for my three year old and myself. However, for $46, it was a bit too expensive for 2 hours of a small aquarium. There are also constant upsells from pennies to food to pictures. The playground in the frog area is good and the penguin area is fun. The sharks were not a huge hit... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank hcbflorida
Crab Orchard, Kentucky
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took Nephews family here for a great trip. We all had a blast seeing all the animals. A must do for everyone.

Helpful?
Thank Tim H
Level Contributor
23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a family wknd. in Cinci. which included going to see Scuba Santa at the Newport Aquarium - the grandkids loved it! We were there about 3 hrs. & that was totally taking our time to enjoy it all. Well worth it-

Helpful?
Thank LUVSRACING
Lexington
Level Contributor
417 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My grandkids, my daughter, and I love to visit the aquarium. Any excuse will do to come see Mighty Mike, the baddest alligator around, and Sweet Pea, the shark ray who is the proud mother of 6 pups. The jellyfish exhibit is wonderful!

Helpful?
Thank KyBoop
Allen, Texas
Level Contributor
73 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'd give this place four and a half stars if I could. Awesome place, I don't know why I couldn't do the 5th star. Seems like similar attractions and activities of other aquariums I've been to. Definitely worth the trip, though.

Helpful?
Thank drdave75
Louisville, Kentucky
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This a great place to take children. There are many kid friendly events and more than enough to keep adults interest as well. The shark and crocodile exhibits are fascinating.

Helpful?
Thank geraldlssam
Level Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We traveled from Ripley, West Virginia to visit. Cost $25 each for adults to get in. You get to see all kinds of fish and sharks and lizards and some snakes and penguins and otters and gators. There's this big shark tank you can walk over on a rope bridge. I love all the tunnels you walk through with all... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kpoe42
Louisville, Kentucky
Level Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a few hours here on Saturday morning. We have a 8, 23 month, and 10 month old. They all enjoyed it, we were able to take our double stroller in which was nice. There are a couple areas where we had to park the stroller to see the exhibits. It only took us around 2 hours to get... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jessica R
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the afternoon here and enjoyed it. Lots to see and do (for kids). Admission was reasonable, lots of interesting exhibits, and a nice cafeteria to grab a bite to eat.

Helpful?
Thank Jennifer M

Been to Newport Aquarium? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Newport Aquarium and other visitors
10 questions
Ask a question
Illinois
over a year ago
Dayton, Ohio

See all questions (10)

Questions? Get answers from Newport Aquarium staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?