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Newport Aquarium

Find yourself face-to-face with thousands of aquatic species from around the world at this popular aquarium just across the river from Cincinnati.

At the Newport Aquarium more than 7,000 aquatic creatures from every continent live in more than one million gallons (nearly four million liters) of water. Experience the sensation of being surrounded by deep-sea creatures and river fish as you wander through the long tunnels of one of the most visited aquariums in the Midwest. Go to Shark Central to touch ocean predators. Learn about other dangerous and deadly fish, or gaze at bizarre and beautiful species.

The Newport Aquarium has been a favorite for locals and visitors since it opened in 1999. The displays are great for families with small children as they are somewhat limited. You can easily browse the entire aquarium in about two hours.

Immerse yourself in a world of water and encounter creatures from all over the globe. Walk through tunnels where you may find yourself surrounded by sharks. See-through floors show shoals of colorful reef fish under your feet. Meet Sweet Pea and Scooter, the local stars of the worlds’ first endangered shark ray breeding program.

Embrace your fear and touch the perfectly safe sharks in Shark Central. Visit the mesmerizing Jellyfish Gallery, where you’ll see the poisonous lionfish and stonefish. Gator Alley has more dangerous creatures, including many types of crocodiles. Far less frightening are the tiny seahorses and turtles in the ocean displays.

Every day, 15 minutes after opening, one lucky child is chosen to be the Grand Marshall and lead the daily Penguin Parade. Anyone can go backstage at the Coral Reef Tank, Giant Shark Tank and Amazon River Tank for an extra fee.

The Newport Aquarium is part of Newport on the Levee entertainment center, a 10-minute drive from downtown Cincinnati, crossing the Dan C. Beard Bridge over the Ohio River. The TANK shuttle bus from downtown Cincinnati stops near the complex. If you are driving here on a weekend, consider visiting in the afternoon or at night as the paid car park fills up quickly in the mornings.

The aquarium, café and gift shop are open daily. Opening hours are seasonal, so check the website for exact times.

The aquarium can get very crowded. During peak hours, there’s sometimes a “timed-ticket policy,” with entry times booked in advance online. If you haven’t booked a set entry time, you may be asked to come back later.


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Aloft Newport On The Levee

Aloft Newport On The Levee

201 E 3rd St, Newport
4.5
of 5, from 231 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Newport, this hotel is steps from Newport on the Levee and Newport Aquarium. Newport Southbank Bridge and General James Taylor Park are also within 15 minutes.

$106
The Westin Cincinnati

The Westin Cincinnati

21 E 5th St, Cincinnati
4.3
of 5, from 1,493 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Overlooking the Fountain Square, The Westin Cincinnati is within easy reach of the Great American Ball Park, the Duke Energy Convention Center, the Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Contemporary Arts Center and the Aronoff Center.

$116
Hampton Inn & Suites Newport/Cincinnati

Hampton Inn & Suites Newport/Cincinnati

275 Columbia Street, Newport
4.8
of 5, from 243 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Newport, this hotel is steps from Ride The Ducks Newport and Newport Aquarium. Great American Ball Park and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$88
Millennium Cincinnati

Millennium Cincinnati

150 West 5th Street, Cincinnati
3.4
of 5, from 5,695 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Surrounded by downtown Cincinnati attractions, this 2-tower hotel connects to Duke Energy Center by an enclosed skyway. Fountain Square is 200 meters away, while the Paul Brown Stadium, the Great American Ball Park, and the U.S. Bank Arena are all within 1 km.

$107
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

151 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati
4.2
of 5, from 965 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Saks Fifth Avenue Center across from Duke Energy Convention Center, this hotel is 3 blocks from Paul Brown Stadium, 6 blocks from the Great American Ballpark, and 7 blocks from the US Bank Arena.

$110
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

35 W 5th St, Cincinnati
4.3
of 5, from 1,261 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in downtown Cincinnati, this richly restored hotel is adjacent to the Carew Tower and Tower Place Mall, 1 block from the convention center, and within a half-mile of sports stadiums.

$132
Cincinnatian Hotel

Cincinnatian Hotel

601 Vine Street, Cincinnati
4.3
of 5, from 1,436 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Cincinnati, this historic hotel is steps from Contemporary Arts Center and Fountain Square. Carew Tower and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are also within 10 minutes.

Walk to Newport on the Levee and Downtown Cincinnati - Parking Included!

Walk to Newport on the Levee and Downtown Cincinnati - Parking Included!

634 Monmouth St., Newport
5.0
of 5, from 9 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Newport, this property is within a 10-minute walk of World Peace Bell and Newport Aquarium. Great American Ball Park and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).