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    Essentially a small aquarium trying to be a big one; its so-called attractions “Penguin Palooza” and “Shark Ray Bay” are just windows on either the penguin habitat or the larger aquarium tank. Lenses and optical tricks make things look larger than they are. There are some very nice pass-through tunnels that let you see the sea life up close, but it was overall disappointing. I felt sorriest for the “Penguin Palooza” performer who had scripted dialog with animated characters on a TV screen and there was nothing done within the penguin habitat during that time. Many areas had fish on the key but none in the tanks. Good for kids and a nice attraction, but definitely NOT worth the prices that were charged for admission. In its favor, though, they don’t have any marine mammals in captivity.

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    We visited March 2014 with our six children. We home school, and were viewing this experience as an educational field trip. I rate it a mere 2 stars because, for one thing, I thought it was overpriced for the size and scope. Many tanks just looked like a slightly bigger version of what you might see in a pet store. But more importantly, it really missed a great opportunity to be educational. The names of the fish were not easy to locate, not under the tank but alongside, sometimes skipping a tank or sharing info with an adjacent tank. They could have easily placed maps showing the native origins, or added quirky, fun, and memorable information about the varieties. For instance, the Jellyfish were beautiful, though the displays were not spectacular, and there was nothing to describe the life cycle or place in the food chain, or whether or not this or that variety was dangerous to humans, or anything of interest…just the name of the jellyfish. I’m not sure my kids learned anything about the beautiful sea creatures they encountered. Oh, and the only impressive tunnels are at the very end. By that time we were disgusted and just wanted to leave.

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    Great staff, but small aquarium. The exhibits are nice though, and it’s fun for the kids. The smell was terrible though, but that’s to be expected.

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    Well balanced with enough activities for little ones to keep it interesting and enjoyable. It is fairly priced and quite enjoyable. I would suggest it to parents with little ones.

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    It is a great aquarium with lots of hands on exhibits great for kids and the kid in you. Focused more on marine life and not just fish. The penguin and turtle exhibit set newport apart from the rest. I Definately recommend this for a nice weekend trip.