Newport Aquarium is a million-gallon facility in Newport, Ky., directly across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. We are open to the public 365 days a year.
We showcase thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water, including “Sweet Pea” and “Scooter,” the stars of the first shark ray breeding program in the world. This state-of-the-art facility was named the No. 1 aquarium in the 2012 Readers’ Choice Travel Awards from 10Best.com; the Best Rainy Day Outing in 2006 in Cincinnati Family Magazine; and the Best Aquarium in the Midwest in the Zagat Survey’s U.S. Family Travel Guide in 2004.
Newport Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which sets the rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, veterinary care, wildlife conservation, research, education, staffing and safety.
The Aquarium is owned by Herschend Family Entertainment Corp., a privately held company devoted to bringing families closer together and creating memories worth repeating.
The WAVE Foundation is an independent, educational non-proft organization based at the Newport Aquarium. It was created to help educate the community about aquatic life and conservation.
Through its unique relationship with Newport Aquarium, WAVE Foundation: recruits and trains hundreds of volunteers who work with Aquarium professional staff to educate visitors and care for animals.
The Foundation conducts community outreach by bringing live animals to schools, fairs, festivals and other events, as well as its popular Finstitute summer day-camp program for school children.
WAVE Foundation also raises money for conservation projects through special events and merchandise sales.