Escape the Cold at Newport Aquarium

This Northern Kentucky gem is the perfect place to get lost and explore undersea worlds. And meet alligators.

Photograph by Sarah McCosham

It’s cold in Cincinnati—really, really cold. And if you’re looking for a reprieve, look no further than Newport Aquarium. Located just across the river, this gem of an attraction is an entire world unto itself; you’ll explore realms and biomes under the sea that seem unreal and otherworldly.

Like most area attractions, Newport Aquarium has had to adjust operations over the past year. The Aquarium is currently open to all, with several safety measures and procedures in place. Most notably, reservations need to be made in advance, and masks are required for all visitors 3 and older. Newport Aquarium’s Executive Director Eric Rose says the Aquarium is thrilled to welcome back families, and that the health and safety of guests and employees is top priority. Their efforts have paid off; the Aquarium is an indoor place where you can feel truly comfortable visiting with your family.

Photograph by Sarah McCosham

There is so much to do and explore at Newport Aquarium; one of our favorite spots is Stingray Hideaway. This exhibit epitomizes what the Aquarium does best, as it allows for up-close, hand-on exploration. Kids can interact with two different species of stingrays, then, explore a series of underwater tunnels where the stingrays soar above and all around. (For another immersive experience, definitely check out Surrounded by Sharks!)

Another favorite spot of ours is Gator Alley. This exhibit is kind of uncanny—the gators are stone-still and almost don’t look real. These guys are huge and unruly, and really something to see in person. In fact, Gator Alley may or may not have inspired my 6-year-old’s Halloween costume last year.

Photograph by Sarah McCosham

Other must-visit spots at Newport Aquarium include the Ring of Fire and Penguin Palooza; but really, you’ll want to explore all 70+ exhibits.

Newport Aquarium is one of those rare places where you can totally get lost—in the very best way. And as frigid temps descend upon the tristate, it’s definitely an indoor escape we all need!

Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, (800) 406-3474

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