October 15, 2018

Popular Newport Aquarium in Kentucky turns 15

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — Sharks glide overhead and kids below them gawk beneath a thick protective glass, smiling and scrambling to take pictures of the ocean predators.

They’re enjoying the view from inside the Newport Aquarium’s underwater tunnels, which were the country’s largest when the attraction opened in 1999.

“The idea was to make people feel like they’re scuba diving,” said Jeff Gibula, the aquarium’s zoological operations manager.

The aquarium turned 15 this month. And it has remained a top tourist attraction for Kentucky and the neighboring Cincinnati area over the years, with total attendance approaching 11 million.

Aquariums built since, like Atlanta’s Georgia

Source: http://www.whas11.com/news/local/259718991.html