Kentucky town to develop $40M aquarium

NEWPORT, Ky. -- Northern Kentucky soon will be home to a large-scale aquarium expected to attract many motorcoach travelers.

The $40 million project is being developed in Newport on the southern bank of the Ohio River, across from Cincinnati. Oceanic Adventures Newport Aquarium, slated to open in the spring of 1999, will be a 100,000-square-foot, 1-million-gallon facility.

The building is being designed to be the signature structure on Newport's riverfront, with an exterior resembling waves on the water. The aquarium will showcase both freshwater and exotic saltwater aquatic life. Among the many features of the facility will be floor-to-ceiling tanks, a touch pool, and a "human fishbowl" surrounded by sharks and 20 other species of marine life.

The aquarium is one of several projects aimed at transforming Newport and its riverfront area. Other initiatives include an entertainment district called Newport on the Levy, which will feature a collection of entertainment venues such as a large-screen theater, a multiscreen cinema, an interactive entertainment center, themed restaurants, live entertainment venues and specialty retail shops.

A common plaza will link the district to the Riverwalk, which is a walking tour of the historical Ohio River around Newport and Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati.

Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, Phone: (800) 447-8489

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