See Bravo the Galapagos Tortoise before He’s GalapaGONE

The time is now to say goodbye to Bravo, the largest turtle in the Midwest, after Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday the Turtle Canyon exhibit will close March 1.

Bravo, a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise, is scheduled to return to his home at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C. on March 2.

Upon Bravo’s departure from Newport Aquarium, the Turtle Canyon exhibit will temporarily close for renovations. The greenhouse-like facility will re-open as a new exhibit in mid-March. Details will be revealed at a Jan. 14 news conference.

To coincide with Bravo’s final days in Greater Cincinnati, Newport Aquarium also announced the return of Winter Family Days, when two children are admitted FREE with each full-priced adult ticket.*

This family-favorite offer will be available from Jan. 7 through March 1, during which time the aquarium will open one hour early at 9 a.m. every Saturday and holiday weekend.

Your kids will have fun inside our 72-degree climate-controlled facility, no matter the weather outside.

At Newport Aquarium, there is always more new to see and do:

  1. Turtle Canyon – Features a diverse collection of more than 14 species of turtles that span three continents, including Bravo and Thunder, an over 100-year-old snapping turtle.
  2. Surrounded by Sharks – Guests can walk through a 385,000-gallon tank filled with four rare and exotic shark rays, six species of shark, and Denver, the mischievous 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle.
  3. Gator Alley – Showcasing six species of crocodilians from four continents, Gator Alley has one of the most diverse collections of crocodilian species in the country. It’s the home of Mighty Mike – who at 14-feet long and 800 pounds is the biggest and baddest alligator in the country outside of Florida, as well as Snowball and Snowflake, two of less than 100 white alligators in the world.
  4. Kroger Penguin Palooza – With five different sub-Antarctic penguin species totaling 49 birds, Kroger Penguin Palooza boasts one of the most diverse collections of cold-weather penguins in the country.
  5. Frog Bog – Children have never seen frogs like this before as they can find secret frog tanks visible only when they climb through tunnels and tubes in the kids-only Frog Bog jungle gym. Frog Bog is the largest exhibit of its kind in the Midwest with nearly 20 species of exotic frogs.
  6. Jellyfish Gallery – With more than one hundred jellyfish on display, guests will marvel at the largest and coolest jellyfish exhibit in the Midwest.

    Beginning Jan. 6, Winter Family Days tickets will be available at the Newport Aquarium ticket window, online at or by phone at 800-406-FISH (3474).

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