Newport Aquarium

#15 in Best Things To Do in Cincinnati
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.9

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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

This sprawling aquarium, near the banks of the Ohio River in Kentucky, contains everything from sharks and jellyfish to frogs and fish. One of the best things about this aquarium is its special events calendar. For instance, there is a daily penguin parade, in which African Penguins process through the aquarium on a float. There are also dive shows most days, where scuba divers swim in a glass-enclosed aquarium and instruct visitors about the animals.

According to one TripAdvisor user, "[T]he many tunnels, petting areas […] and the great view of the Ohio River and Cincinnati just after a few steps outside it was well worth going." 

General admission to the aquarium costs $23, while kids ages 2 to 12 are charged $15. The aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To reach the aquarium from Cincy, you can hop the TANK-operated Southbank Shuttle. Alternatively, you can make the short trip via car. For more information, visit the Newport Aquarium's website.

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On a nice, sunny day, Eden Park lives up to its paradisiacal name. Located in the trendy Mount Adams neighborhood, the park encompasses 186 acres of green space and tree groves complete with walking paths. There are also a couple of lakes, a magnolia garden and several scenic overlooks.

One TripAdvisor user was blown away by Eden Park's setting, saying it has "beautiful views of the city — especially at night time." However, some travelers say that the park is a little hard to find. To get there from downtown, drive north on Gilbert Avenue until you reach Eden Park Drive. You can also just call a taxi. For more information, visit the Cincinnati Parks website.

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