Newport Aquarium

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  • It;'s SHARK WEEK every week.

    Aug 4, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Educational exhibits that are attractive and exciting. Fun for all ages 2-90.
    Cons: No strollers allowed,babes need to be held in arms or backpack and rental is available.

    Summary: A great adventure under the sea awaits you at NEWPORT AQUARIUM. The crowds have died down since the ... read more

  • Fantastic Place,Beware of Crowds

    Dec 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Clean and beautiful scenery
    Cons: crowded

    Summary: I visited the Newport Aquarium in March 2000 on a weekday. There was a long waiting line as there were school field trips. I was amazed at how clean and beautiful everything was. Take a camera. There is a restaurant there. I did not eat at the ... read more

  • What a day!

    Oct 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Relaxation from your hectic day! AAA discount!
    Cons: Having to go back to the office!

    Summary: Being a native Cincinnatian, when the Newport Aquarium opened I needed to see what all the fuss was about. Is this place neat or what?! My Dad and I made a morning of it, went to breakfast and then the aquarium before I had to go to work in the ... read more

  • What more can you ask for?

    Sep 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very nice exhibits, some wild looking creatures, great theater show included in on general admission.
    Cons: Parking, Crowded at times(but that's only because it's a good place to go.)

    Summary: I just can't understand why people have so many negative opinions about this aquarium. Being a lover of animals and sea life, I decided to take a trip with my wife to the Newport Aquarium in July. We live about 2 hours away from the aquarium. That's ... read more

  • Ocean O Rific

    Jul 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Exotic and Amazing
    Cons: Get through Pretty Quick

    Summary: Are you a person who likes to explore the hidden world's of many fabulous animals. If this sound like something that might be of interest to you then the Newport Aquarium is the perfect place for you and whoever you would like to take to spend your day ... read more

  • Newport Aquarium, very cool, very expensive

    May 24, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: many many cool animals to see, and even touch sometimes
    Cons: rather expensive

    Summary: Last summer my husband and I traveled all over Ohio. While we were in Cincinnati we walked across the bridge to Kentucky, to go to the Newport Aquarium. I'd been told it was a great one and we needed to check it out. However when we saw ... read more

  • Great for a small trip

    Jul 31, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: PENGUINS! Underwater tunnels, play area, shark petting tank
    Cons: somewhat small, cost if you don't use discounts, no strollers during certain hours.

    Summary: We just got home from a vacation with Grandma & Grandpa to Newport Aquarium! We were looking for something close to home that would keep the interest of a one year old and a set of grandparents as well as be a short enough visit to keep everyone from ... read more

  • * Interesting / Exciting / Needs More *

    Aug 6, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice Selection Of Fish, Shark Tunnel, Great Selection of Penguins
    Cons: Have to go through gift shop to exit. Snack Bar In Middle of Exhibits

    Summary: What can be said about the Newport Aquarium. It started the new revitalization of the city of Newport and was the beginning of the Newport on the Levee project. On the plus side, the aquarium has a lot to offer. As you enter the aquarium you ... read more

  • My first aquarium trip

    Jan 29, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of animals, easy to find, nicely laid out
    Cons: A little on the expensive side

    Summary: My wife and I wanted a weekend away from our home in Lexington, KY. After looking at the possibilities we chose to go to Newport, KY, around 80 miles north of Lexington. Getting there from Lexington is not really hard, just head out on I-75 north ... read more

  • Walk amongst the fishes

    Dec 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: stand 20 feet underwater and look around
    Cons: the price is a little steep

    Summary: Newport Aquarium is well worth the effort of finding it. Coming from the interstate there are some intersections where you may not see signs to assure you are going in the correct direction. Fear not. Once you arrive, the building is impressive from ... read more

  • Cool, calm and crowded

    Dec 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beautiful displays!
    Cons: parking,crowds, and cost

    Summary: During a trip to visit family in Cincinnati we decided to visit the new aquarium. We had to stand outside in the rain to wait to get in, but we live in the desert now and actually enjoyed the rain. We found it to be a little on the costly side. ... read more

  • Hey, I liked it!

    Jul 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some really neat exhibits
    Cons: Costly admission and gift shop, not enough to see (yet)

    Summary: When I first saw the low ratings for this, I was a little surprised. I read a few reviews and thought, "Did we go to the same place?" Okay, so I haven't been to any other aquariums. I've lived most of my life in Ohio, and we're not ... read more

  • Great Addition to the Area

    Jun 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: 1.great for the area 2. several exhibits to see 3. great tunnels to make you feel like you are in the ocean
    Cons: 1. still in the beginning stages so under construction 2. crowded if you go on weekends so go during the week

    Summary: Newport Aquarium just opened recently in the area and I think it's pretty good considering it's not completely finished yet. The Aquarium is something the area really needed for families. My children loved it. Being new when we went to see it ... read more

  • For the lack of something better to do

    Oct 18, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Some interesting exhibits, like the tunnel through the tank and the jellyfish.
    Cons: Expensive for what you get, and could use some more variety.

    Summary: If you have the Newport aquarium on your list of things to do in the Cincinnati/Newport area, keep it there, but move it to the very bottom and start saving your money for the admission cost. I visited this tourist attraction in 2003 with my gaggle of ... read more

  • Newport Aquarium is Fun, But You May Need to Take Out a Loan.

    Dec 28, 2006 by chelledun is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: All shark areas are awesome, convenient parking and nice surrounding area
    Cons: Expensive, claustrophobic feel

    Summary: As huge fans of zoos and aquariums, mr_chelledun and I make it our business to pop into one almost every time we travel to a new area. We used a trip to the Cincinnati area for a wedding as an excuse to visit the Newport Aquarium. General ... read more

  • Family Outing

    Jan 1, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice basic aquarium. Strollers ARE allowed.
    Cons: A tad pricey for what you are getting. Need more "hands-on" exhibits

    Summary: SPECIAL NOTE: As of November 2002, strollers are allowed, provided the aquarium is not packed. Bring your smallest umbrella stroller for easy maneuvering. Seeing that Newport KY is 1000 miles from the nearest ocean, it is an adequate ... read more

  • hang on to your kids

    Aug 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: lots of marine life
    Cons: no re-entry, no restrooms for most of the exhibits

    Summary: Four of us go to the Newport Aquarium on Sunday, August 19, 2001. I have my son with me, and two friends make up the rest of the group. The aquarium is easy to find, with good signage along the interstate. Parking is $3.00. I put my charge ... read more

  • If you've seen everything else in Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky, visit the aquarium!!

    May 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice selection of fish and other water creatures, well designed exhibits
    Cons: No strollers allowed, overpriced, pretty commercial

    Summary: My children love animals, so the clear choice for our next outing was the Newport Aquarium. Since it opened, I've heard such great things about it. Maybe others are less cynical than I am. :) I'll start with the good points. They ... read more

  • Newport Aquarium - False Advertising, but enjoyable nonetheless

    Feb 26, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Inexpensive way to spend an hour or two. Lots of beautiful exhibits
    Cons: Tunnel was not "seamless" as advertised! Many exhibits empty during off season.

    Summary: Ever since the Newport Aquarium opened I have wanted to see this seamless tunnel they boast of, where you are surrounded by water and sharks and sting rays. It just sounded so cool. I tried to go last summer with a friend but we got there, parked and ... read more

  • Beware of Crowds

    Oct 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Introduces Children to the Life under the Sea.
    Cons: Crowds, no strollers, Expensive Entree Fee

    Summary: I just got home from a trip where I met some friends in Southern Ohio. Planning a trip to a place that you do not know about can be hard, but with the internet we found a couple of neat places where we could entertain our children (7 total, ranging from ... read more

  • Very cool, but not worth the money

    Oct 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: close to sharks
    Cons: too expensive

    Summary: My husband surprised me and my children this weekend by driving us up to Northern Kentucky, spending the night in a hotel and visiting this aquarium the next day. It was a lovely weekend and I have wanted to visit this aquarium for some time. I must ... read more

  • pretty but limited

    Sep 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: nice layout, beautifully decorated
    Cons: small fish, high price

    Summary: I live very close to this aquarium so when it opened we were inundated with commercials singing its praise. I love fish and so I had to go! My family and I packed up one Tuesday and headed out. We arrived to a very crowded aquarium ... read more

  • Good for kids that what an experience

    Aug 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice for kids
    Cons: Not very much to interest adults

    Summary: My family and I went to the Newport Aquarium this past spring because the kids really like fish and sealife. I want to go to, having gone to several others as a child. I enjoyed watching my children seeing sealife that they had learned about ... read more

  • Nightmare at Newport Aquarium...

    Jul 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Shark tunnels, lots of species, air-conditioned
    Cons: no strollers allowed, crowded, expensive

    Summary: We just returned from a trip this week to the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky. I can honestly say that I'd much rather go through childbirth again than visit this aquarium again. Let me tell you why, and then I'll mention some things that were actually kind ... read more

  • Lion fish, Tiger sharks and a barely clean bathroom, OH MY!

    Jul 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Tunnels with fish swimming overhead.
    Cons: Wet, dirty restrooms, forced trips to snack area and gift shop.

    Summary: Entering the Newport Aquarium you are greeting by a nice chilly breeze, and a giant painting of the frozen Artic region. Wow, this is cool. (Excuse the pun!) And this was just in the ticket purchase area. We went to the Newport Aquarium for ... read more

  • Not as expected...still interesting

    Jun 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful fish, penguins, sting rays
    Cons: prices of snack area, prices for children, can't use stroller, must go through gift shop to get to the exit.

    Summary: Saturday we got up early and drove to Newport, KY (the border of kentucky and cincinnati, ohio). It was an hour and a half drive... Not too bad. We went to the Newport aquarium. It wasn't exactly what I had expected it to be but it was still a lot of ... read more

  • Not quite as expected, but still an interesting trip...

    Jun 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice presentation of fish and other sea creatures
    Cons: Still not as large or varied as more established aquariums, and is not cheap

    Summary: I've been to the aquarium in Monterey, CA and as hard as it tries, Newport is NOT its equal. But, that being said, I will also say it is a good value for this area of the Midwest and a great attraction for the family with young ... read more

  • It was a disappoint in a way.

    Jul 14, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The Aquarium is a good educational experience for kids. Nice overhead tanks.
    Cons: Highly inflated admission, no strollers,not enough to see, exit through gift shop.

    Summary: There wasn't enough to see for the price you pay. I hated I had paid so much for so little. No strollers are permitted and that's hard to deal with when you have two little ones. The kids liked it but not as well as some other places I can think of. It ... read more

  • What a disappointment

    Nov 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Shark exhibit visuals
    Cons: everything else

    Summary: I was so excited to have a supposedly "world class" aquarium coming less than an hour drive from home. Then...I went to the Newport Aquarium. First, it was hard to locate. Then, the ticket prices were steep. Then, when we finally got in ... read more

  • Can we say tourist trap?

    Sep 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: not too far from Cincinnati, glass tunnel
    Cons: over crowded, rip off

    Summary: One night while watching television with my husband we saw an ad for the Newport Aquarium. We had been looking for someplace interesting to take our daughter on a mini-vacation that was close to home and from the looks of the ad the Newport Aquarium ... read more

  • Not what I expected

    Jun 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: scenery
    Cons: did not have much

    Summary: Today I thought Newport Aquarium would be a nice place to go with my family in newport,ky. I've heard that it is a very nice place to go if you love fish, and reptiles which me and my family do. After we all got in it was a big disapoinment to all of us. ... read more

  • Not Worth The Trip

    Jun 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Not many
    Cons: Not worth the price you pay to get in

    Summary: My family and I decided to go to the aquarium today and thought it would be really neat from the way it is explained on the web page they have. Well, it was a big let down. It was supposed to have a lot of big sharks and there were only little ones from ... read more

  • Newport Aquarium-Rip off!

    Jan 23, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The sharks look cool.
    Cons: Cramped conditions for guests and animals. Late shows, cheesy, bad exhibits.

    Summary: This aquarium charges $17.00 for an adult admission and it takes about an hour to get through the exhibits...I call that outrageously priced! The place is small and crowded no matter what time of day you go. The line was hideous at 10:00 am and at ... read more

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  • Loved The Newport Aquarium

    Oct 6, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: great exhibits, very enjoyable, reasonable pricing compared to others
    Cons: none

    Summary: I used to live in KY and came back to visit my son. While there we went to the Newport Aquarium. Having visited many aquariums, I was very impressed with this great addition to Newport. Before we went I wanted to make sure there were no school field ... read more

  • Way too expensive

    Apr 7, 2011 by
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    Pros: Surrounded by sharks, watching the penguins
    Cons: Price is way too high for small kids, place is jammed up with crowds.

    Summary: 3 kids@ $15 each and 2 adults @ $22 each = $89 in admissions. Too much money for too little experience. I understand it's not cheap to run an aquarium, but charging $15 for preschool kids is a total ripoff. Won't be coming back ... read more

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