|Welcome to Newport, Kentucky!|
|The huge shark tunnel is one of the many highlights of the|
|Riding the Shark-evator|
|A theatre full of sharks!|
|The largest crabs I've ever seen!|
Bizarre and Beautiful follows the theatre and emphasizes the odd and unusual life you find in various water habitats. They had the largest crabs I have ever seen, and a really odd looking set of eels – they looked like something out of a horror movie with the heads sticking out of the sand floor.
|Looks like a scene out of a horror movie|
|Seeing eye-to-eye with the gator Mighty Mike|
|Up close with a reptile in Gator Alley|
|Playing in Frog Bog|
|We don't quite measure up to a shark|
Following these two tunnels was a really nicely done Jelly Fish Gallery that featured plenty of seating and viewing areas with a vibrant ambiance. Jelly Fish Gallery lead into a long shark tunnel offering amazing views of the sharks housed in the huge tank at Newport Aquarium, and Shark Central, where you could actually touch a live shark!
The final exhibit of our visit was Penguin Palooza, which featured a diverse array of cold-water penguins. The primary viewing gallery offered plenty of seating to watch the very active penguins playing and swimming; there was music playing in the background, which was a nice touch creating a very soothing atmosphere for watching the penguins. Behind the main viewing gallery was an interactive area for kids featuring many hands-on activities about penguins. Of course our toddler became obsessed with the penguin statues on display…we ended up spending more time playing with the fake penguins than watching the real ones!
|Apparently fake penguin's are more fun|
Disclosure: Our family's admission to the Newport Aquarium was provided courtesy of the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network. As always, all of my thoughts are my own, unbiased, opinions based on my first-hand experiences.