Newport Aquarium Named a Top-10 U.S. Aquarium by US City Traveler


NEWPORT, Ky. – Newport Aquarium on Monday was named a top-10 United States aquarium by US City Traveler.

Newport Aquarium was ranked the No. 9 U.S. aquarium in an article written by US City Traveler’s founder Taylor Goldblatt, whose work has been featured by National Geographic, “The New York Times”, “Lonely Planet”, “The Washington Post” and Travel Channel.

US City Traveler’s top-10 ranking is the latest accolade Newport Aquarium has garnered over the years.

In October 2013, Travel Channel listed the Northern Kentucky destination as a top U.S. aquarium. In 2012, Newport Aquarium was voted the No. 1 aquarium in the 10Besties Readers’ Choice Travel Awards on the website, a property of USA Today.

Newport Aquarium’s list of national honors kicked off in 2004, when it was voted the best aquarium in the Midwest in Zagat Survey’s U.S. Family Travel Guide.

NAQ_TurtleCanyon-Poster2014In its continuous efforts to provide guests with more new to see and do, Newport Aquarium will open its latest exhibit, Turtle Canyon, on March 22. Turtle Canyon will feature more than 14 turtle species from three continents, including two of the largest in the world: a Galapagos tortoise named Bravo, who at approximately 650 pounds is the biggest turtle in the Midwest; and Thunder, a more than 100-year-old, 118-pound alligator snapping turtle.

Bravo is a more than 600-pound Galapagos tortoise, the largest species of land turtle in the world. (Photo courtesy of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden)

Bravo is a more than 600-pound Galapagos tortoise, the largest species of land turtle in the world. (Photo courtesy of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden)

The new exhibit will also include a Turtle Corral, which will offer guests the unique opportunity to touch a variety of tortoises, including one of North America’s largest tortoise species, the Gopher tortoise.

For more information on Turtle Canyon, visit or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

Editor’s Note: The US City Traveler article mentions the old Rainforest exhibit, which has been replaced by Turtle Canyon. It also mentions white alligators, which are no longer on display at Newport Aquarium.


 Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s, showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. Named a 2013 top U.S. aquarium 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 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: | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444

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