Kids Get Free Admission to Newport Aquarium during “Summer Family Hours”

The Shark Wall outside the Newport Aquarium. (Source: flickr user hollyannh)

The Shark Wall outside the Newport Aquarium. (Source: flickr user hollyannh)

NEWPORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium is making a splash this summer with the return of its Summer Family Hours promotion, when up to two children (ages 2-12) receive FREE* admission between 4-7 p.m. with the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket.

This family-favorite offer is available for purchase online only, at, for visits now through Aug. 31, Sundays through Fridays.

Guests will have even more opportunities to enjoy a million gallons of fun as Newport Aquarium has extended its operating hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. now through Aug. 31. With the earlier opening time, the daily Penguin Parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. during this period.

Dare to Cross the all-new Shark Bridge at Newport Aquarium.

Dare to Cross the all-new Shark Bridge at Newport Aquarium.

There is always more new to see and do at Newport Aquarium and 2015 has proven to be no exception with the addition of three exciting new features:

  • Newport Aquarium dares guests to cross the world’s first and only Shark Bridge, a 75-foot-long rope bridge that hangs just inches above nearly two dozen sharks.
  • Shark Bridge provides guests extraordinary views of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit’s 385,000-gallon tank, which features seven species of shark, including Newport Aquarium’s newest addition – extremely rare scalloped hammerhead sharks!
  • Newport Aquarium guests can get eye to eye with adorable Asian small-clawed otters, exotic yellow tree monitors and panther chameleon lizards, as well as Thunder the 100-year-old alligator snapping turtle at the all-new Canyon Falls exhibit.

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

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


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

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

17 thoughts on “Kids Get Free Admission to Newport Aquarium during “Summer Family Hours”

  1. Is the Aquarium handicap accessible? I have a child in a wheelchair as well as a younger daughter and this maybe something I’d be interested in doing with my girls
    Thanks in advance,

    • Hi Dorothy! Yes, Newport Aquarium is handicap accessible. We have multiple elevators located throughout the building, as well as ramps and/or wheelchair areas for each of our exhibits.

      • It doesn’t appear that the shark bridge would be accessible though-right? I wish it could’ve been made a tad wider and with different materials to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, or people who would need a more stable surface to safely walk. Our family hasn’t had chance to visit since the bridge. My husband and I use a wheelchair but our children do not so it’s tricky to let them explore the new exhibit if we can’t access it. Overall though, we find the aquarium very accessible and I always recommend it to friends in town visiting.

    • It is 99% handicap accessible. I say 99% because someone in a wheelchair may not be able to pet the sharks, or go accross the shark bridge, but there are ramps and elevators to everything else.

  2. FREE* admission between 4-7 p.m. with the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket. Very poor there is only a 3 hour opening not worth a 180 mile drive. OK if you live close?

  3. I heard there are stroller restrictions during July and other months and weekends is this true . We have friends that were there. Never heard of such a thing!!!!

  4. How much is an adult ticket and if it’s crowded will we still have all the opportunity to see anything we would like??

  5. I would like to know how much are the tickets to get into the aquarium and how many children are allowed to go for the 4-7 free tickets offered? Also can they go for the whole day ? And how far is it from Lagrange Kentucky? I have two grandchildren who are home schooled and this would be an awesome experience for them to go to , for their education.

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