Our Favorite Place Near Cincinnati, Ohio – Newport Aquarium

Our Favorite Place Near Cincinnati, Ohio – Newport Aquarium

In our post last week, we wrote about our favorite things to do in Cincinnati with a Kid. We visited all of the locations we mentioned once, except for one. And that one we have visited over and over again. Allow me to explain…

Anything that Swims

Rosalie has been going through a phase where she is obsessed with anything that swims. Sharks, fish, mermaids; if it lives in the ocean, she loves it. It all started last Halloween when we dressed her up as a mermaid and introduced her to The Little Mermaid. A couple months later, we took her to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium when we were visiting family. Around the same time, our family watched Finding Dory and Moana, she received a toy fish as a gift, and was put in parent-child swimming lessons because she was so drawn to being in the water.


Before we knew what we had inadvertently done, the fascination with anything to do with the ocean had already begun. Fast forward past months of a growing interest in different kinds of fish, a dolphin show at the Indianapolis Zoo, and a jaw dropping ride through The Journey of the Little Mermaid at the Magic Kingdom, we found ourselves living in Cincinnati for the summer.

Newport Aquarium

I had heard from a student’s parent that the Newport Aquarium was a good one to check out, so I put it on my “To Explore List”, knowing that Rosalie would probably enjoy it. As soon as we walked through the front doors that first day, I realized that we had entered into a little piece of Rosalie’s toddler paradise. As we waited in line to purchase our tickets, she couldn’t stop pointing out and exclaiming excitedly at the life size sharks and whales around the entrance. Within the next two minutes, without even having to go through the aquarium, I knew that we should come back again. Knowing this, I purchased the annual pass, as it was less than the cost of two visits.

It has been worth every penny! We’ve been back every week, and each week I am impressed with how much Rosalie is learning from the different exhibits, animal encounters, and the informative aquarium staff. Even on her grumpiest day, Rosalie will perk up as soon as she sees the entrance to the aquarium. How could she not when she gets to touch sharks and stingrays, get up close with penguins, and, of course, visit Marlin, Nemo, and Dory? And then there is the Shark Bridge, which we have done at least 5 times each visit.

On one of the many visits, I brought along my camera to capture just how excited Rosalie gets over fish. Just like any outing, it took some time to get ready and out the door of our small sublet apartment (thank you two poopy diapers and a cute little mess maker), but it is well worth the effort. Don’t let that deter you from getting out to explore.

All that said, join us for a trip to the Newport Aquarium: