This post is a conversation on behalf of Meet NKY and Newport Aquarium.
We love visiting the Newport Aquarium, but it’s been quite a while since we’ve been able to get back. In fact this was Lil’ Red’s first trip ever to the aquarium!
One thing to keep in mind while visiting the aquarium is the vast temperature changes throughout the facility. Canyon Falls and parts of the tunnels are much hotter then the Jellyfish Gallery and food court area. Dressing in slight layers would make for a more comfortable visit.
There was a new interactive area in the Jellyfish Gallery that both Big Red and Lil’ Red enjoyed. It was a full wall sized interactive video projection that showed Jellyfish and would react to the kids movements.
All of our kids love being able to be hands-on with as many animals as possible. Newport Aquarium has added a new “touch” area to their facility. New to us was the Turtle Touch Corral. This area was low enough to the ground for young ones like Lil’ Red. (Visit the Turtle Corral in Canyon Falls and touch a variety of turtles from three different continents.) There’s also the horseshoe crab touch area and the shark area.
One of the shows that you can watch while visiting the Newport Aquarium is held in the Penguin Palooza. A staff member dresses up like one of the Penguins and tells interesting facts about the penguins in the aquarium’s care. After the show he comes out of the habitat to answer questions from the audeience. Princess got an up close view of one of the penguins and was thrilled! Big Red and Lil’ Red liked the penguin statues.
New for 2015 was the Shark Bridge which is included in your ticket price. It’s very narrow where your feet are so you have to walk one foot in front of the other but everyone who went across had fun. No one is allowed to be carried so Lil’ Red didn’t go this time.
Disclosure: We received tickets to this attraction in exchange for our honest review.