Have you been to the Turtle Canyon exhibit to meet Bravo the Galapagos Turtle yet?
You’ve got a limited amount of time to see Bravo the Galapagos Tortoise before he returns to his home at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C. The Turtle Canyon exhibit will close March 1 for renovations which means that you don’t want to miss your chance to see the largest turtle in the midwest.
You can see Bravo in action from my previous post about Turtle Canyon.
Even though it’s sad that Bravo is leaving, there is still a lot to be excited about because there are lots of new exciting exhibits and attractions coming to Newport Aquarium in 2015!
2015 lineup of coming attractions, featuring Shark Bridge, the only suspension bridge in North America where guests can walk just inches above nearly two dozen lurking sharks.
Scheduled for a mid-April opening, Shark Bridge is a 100-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge suspended over the waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit’s 385,000-gallon tank.
Should guests dare to cross, Shark Bridge will offer an exclusive adventure and unique perspective of walking closely atop seven species of sharks, four rare and exotic shark rays, multiple stingrays and more than 300 fish.
“Shark Bridge will be a completely new way to experience sharks and a truly one-of-a-kind attraction available nowhere but Newport Aquarium,” said Eric Rose, executive director. “Our diverse collection of sharks is the cornerstone of our more than 90 exhibits, and guests will now be able to experience them like they never have.”
The addition of Shark Bridge will triple the viewing area above theSurrounded by Sharks tank prior to guests exiting the aquarium.
Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks
Coinciding with the opening of Shark Bridge in mid-April, extremely rare scalloped hammerhead sharks will be added to the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.
Newport Aquarium will be the only institution in North America to exhibit multiple scalloped hammerhead sharks. This collection of scalloped hammerheads – which will be one of the largest on display in the world – will help communicate the species’ conservation message to the public.
Newport Aquarium is working with field researchers from Hawaii, where the new hammerheads originated, to educate the public about scalloped hammerhead conservation.
The scalloped hammerheads will join 17 other sharks currently in theSurrounded by Sharks exhibit that include sand tiger, zebra, sandbar, blacktip, whitetip and nurse sharks.
****Kids Get in Free during Winter Family Days, Jan. 7-March 1
Adults (Ages 13+) $23
Child Admission (Ages 2-12) $15
Children under the age of 2 FREE
Winter Family Days, when two children are admitted FREE with each full-priced adult ticket.*
**This family-favorite offer will be available from Jan. 7 through March 1, during which time the aquarium will open one hour early at 9 a.m. every Saturday and holiday weekend.
You can find out more about Turtle Canyon from the Newport Aquarium website.
The Newport Aquarium is located at One Aquarium Way
Newport, KY 41071