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.


(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 or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).


 Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s, 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: | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

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

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