Newport Aquarium has the World’s First and Only Shark Bridge!
Newport Aquarium’s Shark Bridge is the only rope suspension bridge in North America where guests can walk just inches above nearly two dozen sharks. The Shark Bridge is a 75-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge suspended over the open waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit’s 385,000-gallon tank. Should guests dare to cross, the Shark Bridge offers the thrill of walking closely atop sharks, shark rays, stingrays and hundreds of fish from an unrivaled vantage point.
About the Newport Aquarium
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 2013 top U.S. aquarium by Travel Channel, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a leader in global wildlife conservation. 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. For more information, go to www.newportaquarium.com or call 859-261-7444.
Surrounded by Sharks
Newport Aquarium’s Surrounded by Sharks exhibit features 385,000-gallons of salt water and 85 feet of clear acrylic tunnels. Walk through 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. This exhibit’s most impressive residents are four rare and exotic shark rays – Sweet Pea, Scooter, Sunshine and Spike – who make up one of the largest collections of shark rays on display in the world. They share their home with sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, nurse sharks and zebra sharks, along with various fish, stingrays, and a mischievous loggerhead sea turtle named Denver.
The Newport Aquarium’s Shark Central exhibit brings the experience of “touching a shark” to every one of its visitors without any of the fuss of an oxygen tank or even a wet suit. Guests can roll up their sleeves and put their hand into a touch pool filled with various species of sharks and rays.
The new permanent interactive exhibit, one of only a handful of similar exhibits in the country, opened in May 2006. Guests can learn the official "two-finger touch" technique and how to properly “pet” a shark or ray. Shark Central replicates a biologist field research facility; it’s kid friendly and handicap accessible.
Although the experience of touching sharks seems dangerous, and it is certainly exciting, the goal is to educate visitors about the important roles that sharks have in the oceans. The Aquarium also hopes to clear up much of the misinformation from the entertainment media. By providing guests with an up-close and personal interaction with sharks, the Aquarium hopes guests will leave with a memorable experience and a new understanding of sharks.
Other family favorites include:
· Gator Alley – Showcasing eight species from four continents, Gator Alley is one of the most diverse collections of crocodilians in the country. It’s also the home of Mighty Mike – who at 14 feet and 800 pounds is the biggest and baddest alligator in the country outside of Florida.
· Kroger Penguin Palooza – With five different species, it boasts one of the most diverse collections of cold-weather penguins in the country.
· Frog Bog – The 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 our kids-only Frog Bog jungle gym.
· Jellyfish Gallery – With more than 100 jellyfish on display, guests can marvel at the largest and coolest jellyfish exhibit in the Midwest.
Since you’ll want to visit again and again, the Newport Aquarium will apply your one-day admission ticket to the purchase of a yearlong Aquarium Pass. Just present your dated ticket stub at the Information Desk. It's easy -- and it's your ticket to a full year of watery fun.
The Newport Aquarium is dedicated to igniting the imaginations of students and educators. Educational programs offered weekdays during the school year and for classroom field trips. To receive a trip registration form, leave your name and address with the Reservations Department at 859-815-1425. Confirmation packets include a teacher's guide and curriculum materials.
The Newport Aquarium works with hundreds of volunteers who aid in staffing exhibits and with a core of volunteer certified divers who aid in feeding select animals and cleaning some of the Aquarium’s exhibits. Call Jenny Greber at 859-815-1441 for more information.
For more information about joining the Newport Aquarium team, visit us online.
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