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Newport Aquarium was established in 1999. It is home to more than 10,000 aquatic animals representing some 600 species housed in tanks totally a million gallons in capacity. www.newportaquarium.com

Newport Aquarium to add North America’s first Shark Bridge; largest Scalloped Hammerheads exhibit

Aquarium’s 2015 exhibits lineup to include – back by popular demand – Otters!


NEWPORT, Ky.
– Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday an exhilarating 2015 lineup of coming attractions, featuring Shark Bridge, the only suspension bridge in North America where guests can walk just inches above nearly two dozen lurking sharks.

Scheduled for a mid-April opening, Shark Bridge is a 100-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge suspended over the waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit’s 385,000-gallon tank.

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Shark Bridge will be the first of its kind in North America.

Should guests dare to cross, Shark Bridge will offer an exclusive adventure and unique perspective of walking closely atop seven species of sharks, four rare and exotic shark rays, multiple stingrays and more than 300 fish.

Shark Bridge will be a completely new way to experience sharks and a truly one-of-a-kind attraction available nowhere but Newport Aquarium,” said Eric Rose, executive director. “Our diverse collection of sharks is the cornerstone of our more than 90 exhibits, and guests will now be able to experience them like they never have.”

The addition of Shark Bridge will triple the viewing area above the Surrounded by Sharks tank prior to guests exiting the aquarium.

Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks
Coinciding with the opening of Shark Bridge in mid-April, extremely rare scalloped hammerhead sharks will be added to the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.

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Newport Aquarium will be the first institution in North America to exhibit multiple scalloped hammerhead sharks.

Newport Aquarium will be the only institution in North America to exhibit multiple scalloped hammerhead sharks. This collection of scalloped hammerheads – which will be one of the largest on display in the world – will help communicate the species’ conservation message to the public.

Newport Aquarium is working with field researchers from Hawaii, where the new hammerheads originated, to educate the public about scalloped hammerhead conservation.

The scalloped hammerheads will join 17 other sharks currently in the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit that include sand tiger, zebra, sandbar, blacktip, whitetip and nurse sharks.

Canyon Falls (featuring Otters)
Coming in mid-March, Newport Aquarium will open its newest exhibit, Canyon Falls, which will occupy the area that currently houses the Turtle Canyon exhibit.

Canyon Falls will be the new home to Asian small-clawed otters, which are back by popular demand after the aquarium previously exhibited otters from 2004 to 2013.

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Asian small-clawed otters are returning to Newport Aquarium in mid-March.

Newport Aquarium will offer scheduled otter talks at Canyon Falls that provide guests educational opportunities to learn more about otters and otter conservation.

Other additions to Canyon Falls include two species of lizard never before seen at Newport Aquarium – yellow monitor, a rare and active tree-dwelling lizard from Indonesia, and panther chameleon, one of the most colorful lizards in the world from Madagascar.

Remaining in Canyon Falls will be Thunder, a more than 100-year-old snapping turtle and Newport Aquarium’s oldest resident, as well as the Turtle Corral, where guests have the unique opportunity to touch several species of tortoises.

Weeki Wachee Mermaids
Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs, Fla., will return to Newport Aquarium in October. The announcement of their return comes on the heels of their wildly popular 10-day visit to Newport Aquarium in October 2014, which was the 67-year-old institution’s first visit to the Midwest.

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Weeki Wachee Mermaids will make a second engagement at Newport Aquarium in October.

Further details of Weeki Wachee Mermaids returning to Newport Aquarium will be announced on a later date.

Scuba Santa’s® Water Wonderland
A newly reimagined Scuba Santa’s® Water Wonderland will return for its 13th season on Nov. 27. The 2015 edition of Scuba Santa® promises to offer guests new features and experiences. Further details will be provided on a later date.

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A newly re-imagined Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland will make its debut in November.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, 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 in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

See Bravo the Galapagos Tortoise before He’s GalapaGONE

Kids Get in Free during Winter Family Days, Jan. 7-March 1


NEWPORT, Ky.
– The time is now to say goodbye to Bravo, the largest turtle in the Midwest, after Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday the Turtle Canyon exhibit will close March 1.

Bravo, a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise, is scheduled to return to his home at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C. on March 2.

Bravo, a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise, is the largest turtle in the Midwest.

Bravo, a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise, is the largest turtle in the Midwest.

Upon Bravo’s departure from Newport Aquarium, the Turtle Canyon exhibit will temporarily close for renovations. The greenhouse-like facility will re-open as a new exhibit in mid-March. Details will be revealed at a Jan. 14 news conference.

To coincide with Bravo’s final days in Greater Cincinnati, Newport Aquarium also announced the return of Winter Family Days, when two children are admitted FREE with each full-priced adult ticket.*

This family-favorite offer will be available from Jan. 7 through March 1, during which time the aquarium will open one hour early at 9 a.m. every Saturday and holiday weekend.

Your kids will have fun inside our 72-degree climate-controlled facility, no matter the weather outside.

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At Newport Aquarium, there is always more new to see and do:

  • Turtle Canyon – Features a diverse collection of more than 14 species of turtles that span three continents, including Bravo and Thunder, an over 100-year-old snapping turtle.
  • Surrounded by Sharks – Guests can walk through a 385,000-gallon tank filled with four rare and exotic shark rays, six species of shark, and Denver, the mischievous 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle.
  • Gator Alley – Showcasing six species of crocodilians from four continents, Gator Alley has one of the most diverse collections of crocodilian species in the country. It’s the home of Mighty Mike – who at 14-feet long and 800 pounds is the biggest and baddest alligator in the country outside of Florida, as well as Snowball and Snowflake, two of less than 100 white alligators in the world.
  • Kroger Penguin Palooza – With five different sub-Antarctic penguin species totaling 49 birds, Kroger Penguin Palooza boasts one of the most diverse collections of cold-weather penguins in the country.
  • Frog Bog – Children have never seen frogs like this before as they can find secret frog tanks visible only when they climb through tunnels and tubes in the kids-only Frog Bog jungle gym. Frog Bog is the largest exhibit of its kind in the Midwest with nearly 20 species of exotic frogs.
  • Jellyfish Gallery – With more than one hundred jellyfish on display, guests will marvel at the largest and coolest jellyfish exhibit in the Midwest.

Beginning Jan. 6, Winter Family Days tickets will be available at the Newport Aquarium ticket window, online at NewportAquarium.com or by phone at 800-406-FISH (3474).

*This special offer cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons.

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Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, 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 in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Newport Aquarium’s Top-10 Moments of 2014

From celebrating our 15-year anniversary, to making history with having the first shark ray to breed under professional animal care, to reaching the 11 million visitors, 2014 has been full of excitement, milestones and achievements for Newport Aquarium. As the year comes to an end, we take a moment to look back at the top moments at Newport Aquarium from the past 365 days. Here is our top-10 list in chronological order.

Sweet Pea Makes History (Jan. 24)
Sweet Pea, the first documented shark ray to breed in a controlled environment, gave birth to seven pups on Jan. 24.

Sweet Pea swims past two of her newborn pups.

Sweet Pea swims past two of her newborn pups.

Turtle Canyon opens (March 22)
Featuring a diverse collection of more than 14 species spanning three continents, highlighted by a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise named Bravo, Turtle Canyon opened to the public March 22.

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Bravo, a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise, is the star of the Turtle Canyon exhibit.

Newport Aquarium Celebrates 15-year Anniversary (May 15)
Dignitaries, politicians and business leaders flocked to Northern Kentucky on May 15 to celebrate Newport Aquarium’s 15-year anniversary as a leading attraction in the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region.

(L-R) Kentucky state Sen. Katie Stine; City of Newport Commisioner John Hayden; Kentucky state Rep. Dennis Keene; Newport Aquarium VP & Executive Director Eric Rose; City of Newport Vice Mayor Tom Guidugli; Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery; Kentucky Travel & Tourism Executive Director Todd Cassidy

Newport Aquarium’s 15-Year Anniversary celebration took place at the Shark Ray Bay theater. (L-R) Kentucky state Sen. Katie Stine; City of Newport Commisioner John Hayden; Kentucky state Rep. Dennis Keene; Newport Aquarium VP & Executive Director Eric Rose; City of Newport Vice Mayor Tom Guidugli; Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery; Kentucky Travel & Tourism Executive Director Todd Cassidy

 

King penguin chicks hatch (May 24)
Two king penguin chicks, later named by Facebook voters Mario and Luigi, hatched inside the Kroger Penguin Palooza exhibit during Memorial Day weekend. The two chicks, which are not of relation, simultaneously began to pip the evening of May 23 before fully hatching the morning of May 24. The newborns shared an April 4 egg-laying date.

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Two king penguin chicks hatched on the same day in May 2014.

White Alligators return (July 17)
Albino American alligators Snowball and Snowflake, two of less than 100 known white alligators in the world, returned to Newport Aquarium on July 17. The white alligators made the Gator Alley exhibit their new permanent home.


Shark Wall unveil
(Aug. 14)

In celebration of Shark Week, Newport Aquarium unveiled on Aug. 14 the 35-foot-long sand tiger shark to highlight the newly completed #SharkWall mural. A 40’x50’ tarp covering the sand tiger shark dropped following a short countdown by Newport Aquarium employees, officially unveiling the completion of the #SharkWall to the tri-state area.


NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan visits Newport Aquarium
(Sept. 8)

Brendan Gaughan, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver of the No. 62 South Point Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and certified SCUBA divemaster, delivered an educational message about teamwork to 100 third-grade students from Crossroads Elementary School (Cold Spring, Ky.). Gaughan’s speech occurred as he dove inside the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit. Gaughan went onto win the the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300. at the Kentucky Speedway 12 days later.


Weeki Wachee Mermaids Travel to Newport Aquarium
(Oct. 10)

Traveling to the Midwest for the first time, the world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids mesmerized Newport Aquarium guests from Oct. 10-19.

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Tilly the sea turtle release (Nov. 5)
After being fostered at Newport Aquarium for a year, a 14-month-old loggerhead sea turtle named Tilly was released into the Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 5. Her return to the coastal shores of North Carolina was part of Newport Aquarium’s participation in the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Sea Turtle Project.


Lauren Hill tours Newport Aquarium
(Dec. 14)

Lauren Hill, the celebrated 19-year-old college basketball player with brain cancer, and her family took a private tour of Newport Aquarium on Dec. 14. The Cure Starts Now Foundation arranged the event after a trip to Newport Aquarium was among the events on a family activity to-do list the Hill family submitted to the nonprofit organization.

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Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, 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 in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Newport Aquarium penguins Paula & Speckles meet Globetrotters and Lauren Hill

By Jacque’line Wright, Newport Aquarium PR Aide

CINCINNATI – Paula and Speckles, the African Penguins from Newport Aquarium, joined the Harlem Globetrotters as guest teammates at US Bank Arena Tuesday afternoon.

The Globetrotters presented Paula and Speckles with personalized jerseys and a miniature basketball.

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After posing for pictures with the Globetrotters, the penguins got to visit with Lauren Hill, the renowned 19-year-old college basketball player with terminal brain cancer, who who sat courtside at the afternoon game.

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For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, 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 in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Lauren Hill visits Newport Aquarium

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(L-R): Brent Hill, Lauren Hill, Lisa Hill, Erin Hill, Nathan Hill and Sarah met Newport Aquarium’s eight African penguins.

NEWPORT, Ky. – Lauren Hill, the celebrated 19-year-old college basketball player with brain cancer, and her family took a private tour of Newport Aquarium on Sunday morning.

The Cure Starts Now Foundation arranged the event after a trip to Newport Aquarium was among the events on a family activity to-do list the Hill family submitted to the nonprofit organization.

Lauren was accompanied by her parents, Brent and Lisa, as well as her brother Nathan, sister Erin and Nathan’s girlfriend Sarah.

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Posing at the Penguin Palooza exhibit.

 

The Hills were led through the aquarium by Newport Aquarium Animal Ambassador Ric Urban, who guided the group on a tour that lasted more than two hours.

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Lauren Hill went eye to eye with Mighty Mike, a 14-foot, 800-pound alligator at Gator Alley.

Because Lauren and Lisa love penguins, the tour was capped off by a surprise trip to The Penguin House, which exhibits eight African penguins and is typically only available to the public with an additional purchase of a Penguin Encounter.

Lauren was given a painting made by Paula the penguin, as well as shark teeth the commemorate the day.

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Lauren Hill received a painting made by Paula the penguin.

Lauren, who has a rare brain cancer known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), is leading a campaign to raise $1 million for The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Currently the campaign is more than halfway to that goal.

How to give: Make checks payable to “The Cure Starts Now” and mail to:
10280 Chester Road
Cincinnati, OH 45215.

All donations go directly to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma research. The Hill family will receive an acknowledgment of the donation. Information: www.thecurestartsnow.org.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, 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 in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Paula the Penguin Surprises Make-A-Wish Child on Macy’s National Believe Day

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Make-A-Wish child Evan (center next to Paula the penguin and Animal Ambassador Ric Urban) won a game show at Macy’s Fountain Place and earned a trip to Hawaii.

CINCINNATIMake-A-Wish Foundation treated Evan, a seven-year-old boy with a Hematologic disorder, to a day of games, prizes and a penguin on Friday at the Macy’s department store at Fountain Place downtown.

Newport Aquarium’s famous Paula the Penguin, accompanied by Animal Ambassador Ric Urban and Animal Experience Specialist Kayla Keyes, capped off the event by making a surprise appearance!

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(L-R): Newport Aquarium Animal Experience Specialist Kayla Keyes, Paula the penguin, and Animal Ambassador Ric Urban get ready to surprise Make-A-Wish child Evan at Macy’s Fountain Place.

The event, which was part of Macy’s sixth annual National Believe Day, featured a Hawaiian-themed game show hosted by Bob Goen and Marianne Curan from Warm 98’s “Bob & Marianne in the Morning” show.

WLWT-TV News 5’s Sheree Paolello and Mike Dardis, as well as FOX 19‘s Jeff Creighton and Amy Wagner, were among those competing in the game show.

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(L-R): Jeff Creighton and Amy Wagner of FOX19, and Newport Aquarium Animal Experience Specialist Kayla Keyes pose with Evan, Animal Ambassador Ric Urban and Paula the penguin.

Evan was triumphant, successfully answering all of the game show’s questions and won a grand prize of a trip to Hawaii, which was his dream for Make-A-Wish.

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According to Macy’s National Believe Day website, “Evan can identify dozens of sea creatures and will choose to watch a nature documentary or fishing show over cartoons any day. Evan can’t wait to go to Hawaii to see creatures he’s only read about in books and seen on television. He will explore the ocean as he swims with dolphins and goes snorkeling.”

Macy’s at Fountain Place downtown is celebrating National Believe Day by doubling their donations to Make-A-Wish for every letter to Santa they receive.

Macy’s Believe campaign is inviting children to bring their stamped letters to Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place on National Believe Day (Friday, Dec. 12), and they will double the donations from $1 to $2 per letter. For every letter received in-store and online that day, they will donate $2 to Make-A-Wish, up to an extra $1 million, above the existing $1 million campaign goal.

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Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, 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 in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Newport Aquarium Penguins to Walk the Red Carpet at Newport on the Levee AMC Theatre’s Penguins of Madagascar Opening

Newport Aquarium's Paula the penguin got a sneak peak of the new Penguins of Madagascar film at AMC Theatres at Newport on the Levee.

Newport Aquarium’s Paula the penguin got a sneak peak of the new Penguins of Madagascar film at AMC Theatres at Newport on the Levee.

NEWPORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday a partnership with AMC Theatres at Newport on the Levee that allows the public to enjoy penguins both in real life and on the big screen for one low cost.

Starting Wednesday, a combo ticket* that includes admission to Newport Aquarium and an AMC Gold ticket voucher to see Penguins of Madagascar will be available for purchase at the Newport on the Levee Welcome Center. An adult combo ticket runs $28, kids ages 2-12 can receive the deal for $20, while children under 2 years can get this exclusive deal at no cost.

Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders can purchase AMC Gold ticket vouchers for $8 at the information desk located in the front lobby of the Aquarium.

Moviegoers who plan to see the 2:15 p.m. showing of Penguins of Madagascar on Nov. 26 at AMC Theatres at Newport on the Levee will get to see Newport Aquarium’s African penguins walk the red carpet and be treated to an exclusive penguin encounter to celebrate the film’s opening.

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Newport Aquarium’s Paula the African penguin made herself comfortable while getting a preview of the new Penguins of Madagascar movie at AMC Theatres at Newport on the Levee.

 

Admission to Newport Aquarium gives guests the chance to visit Kroger Penguin Palooza. With five species of penguin – king, chinstrap, gentoo, macaroni and rockhopper – totaling 49 birds, the Kroger Penguin Palooza exhibit features one of the most diverse collections of penguins in the country.

A sixth penguin species, the African penguin, is also on exhibit at Newport Aquarium in The Penguin House. Guests can get up close and personal with these friendly birds with the addition of a Penguin Encounter to their admission ticket. Penguin Encounters are available for purchase at both the Newport on the Levee Welcome Center and the Newport Aquarium ticket window.

Penguins of Madagascar, the highly anticipated latest chapter of the popular Madagascar film series from DreamWorks, is set to open in theaters nationwide Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

To contact the Newport on the Levee Welcome Center, call 859-291-0550 ext. 2.

*This special offer cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons.

Newport on the Levee Welcome Center Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.

Newport on the Levee Welcome Center Holiday Hours:
Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New Year’s Day: Noon to 6 p.m.

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Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, 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 in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Newport Aquarium Celebrates 11 Million Visitors

Pratt family surprised with VIP Bravo Encounter, Annual Passes

NEWPORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium celebrated the 11 millionth visitor milestone Monday morning by surprising an unsuspecting family as they entered the aquarium.

Newport Aquarium staffers, including Vice President and Executive Director Eric Rose, surprised the Pratt family from of Pittsburgh, Pa., at the bottom of the front escalator with a large 11 millionth visitor banner and a meet and greet with Red Pepper the African penguin.

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(L-R) Tom Pratt, Caroline Pratt, Kate Pratt, Edie English, Bella Pratt, Marcia Pratt

Tom and Marcia Pratt, along with three of their daughters – Caroline, Kate and Bella – and grandmother Edie English of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, were given complimentary Annual Passes and taken on an exclusive VIP Bravo Experience, where they met Bravo, the 650-pound Galapagos tortoise at the Turtle Canyon exhibit.

The Pratt family was taken on an exclusive VIP Bravo Experience.

The Pratt family was taken on an exclusive VIP Bravo Experience.

They were in the tri-state area to visit with a fourth daughter, Maggie, a freshman at the University of Cincinnati who is majoring in special education, and choose to visit Newport Aquarium before driving back home in the afternoon.

“We decided to visit Newport Aquarium today because it’s a unique place to see God’s creations up close,” said Tom Pratt. “We were very surprised and excited to be the 11 millionth visitors. It’s amazing that so many people have gone through to see all that’s here. It’s a great facility and a great experience.”

Today marked the second time the Pratts had visited Newport Aquarium, which celebrated its 15-year anniversary in May.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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 Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, 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 in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

JOURNEY OF SURVIVAL: Tilly set to return to Atlantic Ocean


(Videos of Tilly during her stay at Newport Aquarium the past year. Notice how much she grew in each video!)

NEWPORT, Ky. — Tilly, Newport Aquarium‘s 1-year-old loggerhead sea turtle, is set to be released into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday.

Her return to the coastal shores of North Carolina is part of Newport Aquarium’s participation in the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Sea Turtle Project.

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Tilly weighs nearly 10 pounds as of Oct. 28, 2014.

As part of the Sea Turtle Project, newly hatched turtles that do not immediately venture to water, and therefore are most vulnerable to not survive, are rescued and nurtured for typically one year until they are healthy and strong enough to be released into the wild.

This program is crucial for the survival of sea turtles, which are federally protected and on the endangered species list. It’s estimated that only one in 1,000 sea turtles survive to adulthood.

Tilly was hatched at the beginning of August in Emerald Isle, N.C., and was no larger than the size of a 50-cent piece when she was given to Newport Aquarium staff.

A closeup of Newport Aquarium's new baby loggerhead from Dec. 17, 2013.

A closeup of Tilly from Dec. 17, 2013.

Tilly arrived at Newport Aquarium in October 2013. During her initial veterinarian visit at a North Carolina animal facility on Aug. 8, 2013, she was weighed at 54 grams, which is less than the weight of 11 nickels.

Her most recent recorded weight was over 4.5 kilograms (almost 10 pounds), which puts above the threshold to be satellite tagged.

The baby loggerhead checked in at 487 grams on Jan. 6, 2014.

The baby loggerhead checked in at 487 grams on Jan. 6, 2014.

A satellite tag will be placed on her shell on Tuesday, Nov. 4, which will allow people to track her whereabouts online. She will be the second turtle that Newport Aquarium has satellite tagged in its 15-year history. The last was Fisher in 2003.

The WAVE Foundation, Newport Aquarium’s nonprofit partner, financed Tilly’s tagging as part of its conservation and education initiatives.

After Tilly is released, Newport Aquarium staffers will return to Northern Kentucky with a new hatchling turtle next week and begin the adoption process all over.

We will be sure to share the link to follow Tilly once it becomes available.

Newport Aquarium offers free admission to U.S. Military Nov. 8-11

Veterans Weekend sponsored by Humana includes military family discounts, free Veterans Breakfast

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NEWPORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday a full slate of festivities for Veterans Weekend sponsored by Humana, highlighted by a free admission offer to all veteran and active members of the United States Armed Forces from Nov. 8-11.

During Veterans Weekend sponsored by Humana, all U.S. military personnel – including active, retired and reservists – can receive free admission simply by presenting their military identification at the Newport Aquarium ticket window.

“Newport Aquarium is extremely grateful for the sacrifices the brave men and women of the U.S. military have made to serve our country,” said Eric Rose, Newport Aquarium vice president and executive director. “Offering free admission to these heroes is a reflection of our gratitude and a way for us to thank them for their service.”

Additionally, when a military serviceperson presents their military identification at the ticket window, up to four of their family members can take advantage of Newport Aquarium’s everyday military discount of $3 off adult tickets and $2 off children’s tickets.

As an additional display of gratitude for their sacrifices, all military members who visit the aquarium during Veterans Weekend sponsored by Humana will receive a special patriotic pin, courtesy of Newport Aquarium and Humana.

Newport Aquarium to Offer Free Breakfast to Veterans
As part of Veterans Weekend sponsored by Humana, Newport Aquarium is hosting a Veterans Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 8:30 a.m. in the Riverside Room. Veterans can receive free admission to the breakfast with the purchase of an additional full-priced adult Veterans Breakfast ticket. Admission to the breakfast includes an alligator encounter and early entry to the aquarium. Space is limited for this event and registration is required. Reservations can be made by calling 859-815-1471.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

Ride the Ducks Veterans Weekend Discount
Veterans and military personnel can receive half-priced admission on Ride the Ducks tours Nov. 6-9 when they show their military identification at the time of purchase. Additional family members can receive a discount of $2 off adult tickets on up to four additional tickets. Visit NewportDucks.com or call 859-815-1439 for details.

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Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, 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 in 2014 and by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

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One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com