- $28.99 for a general admission ticket to the to Mermaid and Pirate Family Ball on Friday, September 25 ($45 value)
Families are invited to the Newport Aquarium for a special after-hours mermaid- and pirate-themed event. This ticket includes admission to Newport Aquarium, appetizers and refreshments, a treasure hunt, dancing, and a mermaid meet-and-greet. Plus visitors can see the famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids swimming in the Coral Reef tank.
River dwellers and sea creatures all coexist peacefully at Newport Aquarium, a watery haven dedicated to creating fun, exciting, and memorable experiences. Here, visitors do more than have staring contests with fish—interactive exhibits allow guests to touch some of the most exotic animals in the world, and acrylic tunnels give the sensation of being right in the tank themselves. Read on to discover a few of the aquarium's engaging attractions.
Mermaids and Pirates
During this event, guests see mermaids and pirates throughout the aquarium. In addition to hosting meet-and-greets and photo ops in the Shark Ray Bay Theater, mermaids can be spotted swimming alongside their favorite Newport Aquarium animals in the Amazon Tunnel. At the same time, swashbuckling pirates are spread throughout the aquarium, and will meet guests up close in Stingray Hideaway.
Stingray Hideaway: Enter Their World
Brand new 2017, discover the wonder of an underwater world with your family and sea thousands of the world’s most exotic aquatic creatures. Touch stingrays and explore their world from above and below the surface at the NEW experience Stingray Hideaway: Enter Their World.
At Shark Bridge, guests can walk inches above nearly two dozen sharks on a 75-foot-long V-shaped rope bridge that is suspended over the open water of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.
Surrounded by Sharks
Guests explore acrylic tunnels throughout the 385,000 gallon exhibit while seven species of sharks, including the rare Shark Rays, swim all around them.
See two of the rarest animals in the world - Snowball and Snowflake, two white American Alligators in this crocodilian exhibit- They’re two of less than 100 known white gators in the world! Plus, meet Mighty Mike- a 14 ft., 800 lb. gator- he’s longer than most cars!
Kids scale a special jungle gym to peek into frog tanks only viewable from that secret spot. They can play a giant version of the video game Frogger controlled with their feet and press on frog statues to hear how they sing.