Newport Aquarium Announces all-new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa®

NEWPORT, Ky. — Newport Aquarium welcomes the public to experience a holiday celebration under the sea Nov. 27-Dec. 31 at the all-new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa®.

Newport Aquarium is the only place where families can celebrate the holidays under the sea as the all-new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa® blends the thrill of indoor bubble showers and the intimacy of uniquely holiday-themed galleries with the tradition of Scuba Santa®, who has delighted tri-state folks since 2003.

“The new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa builds on the aquarium’s holiday tradition that we’ve celebrated for more than 10 years,” said Eric Rose, executive director of Newport Aquarium. “Nowhere else will families be able to experience what it’s like to celebrate the holidays under the sea.”

At Newport Aquarium's Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa, kids will have the opportunity to talk with Santa while he's underwater!

At Newport Aquarium’s Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa, kids will have the opportunity to talk with Santa while he’s underwater!

 

The Water Wonderland journey will also take guests through a number of holiday-clad galleries, culminating in a truly wondrous experience where families connect and interact with the magic of an undersea holiday celebration:

  • Shark Ray Bay – Guests will be surrounded by lights, dreamcicles, bubbles and holiday music as they join one of  Scuba Santa’s elves in song and discover how some of Newport Aquarium’s most iconic animals celebrate holidays under the sea. Children will have the unique opportunity to meet Scuba Santa® one-one-one as he dives inside the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks tank and tell him their holiday wishes.
  • Bizarre and Beautiful –Twinkling sea-creature lights will hang from the ceiling of the Bizarre and Beautiful exhibit as guests experience holiday music and magical bubbles while enjoying some of nature’s most amazing creatures, such as Japanese spider crabs and a giant Pacific octopus.
  • Gator Alley – Honky-tonk holiday lighting, music and decorations welcome guests at Gator Alley, the home of Mighty Mike – the biggest and baddest alligator in the country outside of Florida at 14 feet and 800 pounds – as well as Snowball and Snowflake, two of less than 100 white alligators in the world.

Additional holiday surprises will delight guests during their journey through the aquarium.

Reach Magazine $5 Child Ticket: Inside its December issue, Reach Magazine will offer its Cincinnati readers a coupon for $5 admission to Newport Aquarium for children ages 2-12, a nearly 70 percent discount. This offer is valid only for visits Monday-Thursday from Nov. 30-Dec. 24 and can only be redeemed at the Newport Aquarium ticket window (no online or offsite redemption).

Buy 3, Get 1 Annual Pass Sale: In time for the holidays, guests who purchase three Newport Aquarium Annual Passes will receive a fourth Annual Pass free. The Annual Pass Holiday Special ends on Dec. 31. Existing Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders can renew their passes during this promotion to receive $3 off the renewal rate for even more savings.

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

 

 

Religious groups invited to explore Newport Aquarium during Faith Weekend, March 7-8

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Jellyfish Gallery

NEWPORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium is offering discounted admission to members of all religious organizations during Faith Weekend, March 7-8.

Faith Weekend tickets are $12 per person, a near 50-percent discount off general admission compared to the standard admission price. Tickets, which must be ordered by March 4, are available for purchase at NewportAquarium.com, by calling 859-815-1423 or submitting the registration form.

In addition to discounted general admission, Newport Aquarium is also offering a Faith Weekend price break on the Backstage Animal Experience, a 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour that includes an encounter with one of the aquarium’s community outreach animals. Pre-registration is required for the Backstage Animal Experience, which is available for just $12 per person, a 20-percent discount off the standard price.

The Backstage Animal Experience at Newport Aquarium offers guest a behind-the-scenes look of the aquarium.

The Backstage Animal Experience at Newport Aquarium offers guest a behind-the-scenes look of the aquarium.

With its 72-degree, climate-controlled facility, Newport Aquarium is the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region’s ideal entertainment option during the winter months. Its nearly 5,000 animals across more than 90 exhibits provide fun and educational experiences for the entire family. Some of Newport Aquarium’s most popular exhibits include:

  • Surrounded by Sharks – Guests can venture through an 85-foot-long acrylic tunnel inside a 385,000-gallon tank filled with six species of shark, four rare and exotic shark rays and Denver, a mischievous 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle.
  • Gator Alley – Gator Alley has one of the most diverse collections of crocodilian species in the country, showcasing six species from four continents. Gator Alley is the home of Mighty Mike – the biggest and baddest alligator in the country outside of Florida at 14 feet and 800 pounds – 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 50 birds, Kroger Penguin Palooza boasts one of the most diverse collections of cold-weather penguins in the country.
  • Frog Bog – Frog Bog is the largest exhibit of its kind in the Midwest with nearly 20 species of exotic frogs. Children can find secret frog tanks visible only when they climb through tunnels and tubes in the kids-only Frog Bog jungle gym.
  • Jellyfish Gallery – With more than 100 on display, guests will marvel at the largest and coolest jellyfish exhibit in the Midwest.
Kroger Penguin Palooza

Kroger Penguin Palooza

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

Newport Aquarium to Celebrate 15-Year Anniversary Beginning May 1

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NEWPORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium opened to the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky community on May 15, 1999. To celebrate its upcoming 15-year anniversary, the Aquarium has a schedule full of events, discounts and promotions starting May 1 that will extend throughout the summer months.

May 15
15-Year Anniversary Media Event: Politicians representing Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Campbell County and the state of Kentucky, as well as business leaders from both sides of the Ohio River, will be present for a press conference to celebrate Newport Aquarium’s 15-year anniversary.

 May 1-15
FOX19.com $19.99 discounted tickets: WXIX-TV FOX19 Cincinnati will air one segment per day May 1-15 featuring unique aspects of Newport Aquarium. At the close of each segment, there will be information on how guests can purchase discounted general admission tickets to Newport Aquarium for only $19.99 through fox19.com. The $19.99 price is in homage to the year 1999, when Newport Aquarium opened to the public. Tickets are available for any visit date through May 31, 2014, but must be purchased on or prior to May 15, 2014 (while supplies last). http://www.fox19.com/

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Annual Passholders Bring-A-Friend Discount: Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders can purchase tickets for their friends and family members for just $15 for adults and $10 for children. Limit one (1) discounted guest ticket per Annual Pass. Offer and tickets valid Mondays-Fridays May 1-21, 2014.
http://www.newportaquarium.com/Aquarium-admission/Annual-Passes/Special-Offers.aspx

May 1, 5-8
Buy One Get One Free Penguin Encounters and Backstage Animal Experiences: On May 1 and May 5-8, guests can buy one Penguin Encounter or Backstage Animal Experience and get a second free.
http://www.newportaquarium.com/Aquarium-admission/Additional-Experiences.aspx?icid=bogodeal-camain

May 23
World Turtle Day: American Tortoise Rescue, a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is sponsoring its 14th annual World Turtle Day™ on May 23. The day was created as an observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. What better way to spend World Turtle Day in the tri-state than to visit Newport Aquarium and its newest exhibit, Turtle Canyon?

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May 23-Aug. 30
Extended Summer Hours: From May 23 through Aug. 30, Newport Aquarium will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily.

May 26-Aug. 29
Summer Family Hours: From May 26 through Aug. 29 (excluding Saturdays), between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., two children 12 years and under are admitted free with the purchase of one non-discounted adult ticket.

June
Artworks Mural: Starting in June, high school students from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will collaborate with Artworks Cincinnati on a summer-long project to design and produce a mural along the exterior riverside wall of Newport Aquarium. The mural will be pay reference to aquatic life exhibited at Newport Aquarium over the past 15 years, with a September expected completion date. More details to follow.

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Newport Aquarium, the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com, showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. 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