Kids get into Newport Aquarium free Jan. 8 – Feb. 28

A shark ray swims past Newport Aquarium biologist Scott Brehob in the aquarium's new Shark Ray Bay exhibit. The aquarium now has four shark rays, the largest collection in the world.
Looking for a way to keep your little ones amused as winter’s cold bears down?
Children can get into Newport Aquarium free during the venue’s annual Winter Family Days Jan. 8-Feb. 28.
Two children will be permitted in with each full-priced adult ticket over the next month. During that time, the aquarium will open one hour early at 9 a.m. every Saturday and holiday weekend.
“Your kids will have fun inside our 74-degree climate-controlled facility, no matter the weather outside,” wrote aquarium spokesman Jeff Geiser in a prepared statement.
One new exhibit is Snowball and Snowflake, who are 2 of less than 100 white alligators in the world. The alligators will be at the aquarium through the end of February.
There’s also a 385,000-gallon tank filled with four rare and exotic shark rays – the largest collection of shark rays in the world – as well as tiger sharks, zebra sharks, stingrays, and a curious 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle named Denver.
Other exhibits include alligators, jellyfish and penguins.
Newport Aquarium, located in Newport, across the Ohio River from Downtown Cincinnati, was named a 2013 top U.S. aquarium by Travel Channel.
Starting Monday, Winter Family Days tickets will be available at the aquarium’s ticket window, through their website,, or by calling 1-800-406-FISH (3474).
This post and photo is thanks to / Patrick Reddy / The Enquirer and Written by Jennifer Edwards Baker


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