Newport Aquarium named a 'Top Ten' aquarium in the U.S.

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - The Newport Aquarium has been named as one of the top ten aquariums in the United States by US City Traveler.

Newport Aquarium was ranked the No. 9 U.S. aquarium in an article written by US City Traveler's founder Taylor Goldblatt, whose work has been featured by National Geographic, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, The Washington Post and Travel Channel.

The ranking is the latest accolade Newport Aquarium has garnered over the years.

In October 2013, Travel Channel listed the Northern Kentucky destination as a top U.S. aquarium. In 2012, Newport Aquarium was voted the No. 1 aquarium in the 10Besties Readers' Choice Travel Awards on the website, a property of USA Today.

Newport Aquarium's list of national honors kicked off in 2004, when it was voted the best aquarium in the Midwest in Zagat Survey's U.S. Family Travel Guide.

In its continuous efforts to provide guests with more new to see and do, Newport Aquarium will open its latest exhibit, Turtle Canyon, on March 22. Turtle Canyon will feature more than 14 turtle species from three continents, including two of the largest in the world: a Galapagos tortoise named Bravo, who at approximately 650 pounds is the biggest turtle in the Midwest; and Thunder, a more than 100-year-old, 118-pound alligator snapping turtle.

The new exhibit will also include a Turtle Corral, which will offer guests the unique opportunity to touch a variety of tortoises, including one of North America's largest tortoise species, the Gopher tortoise.

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