The world-famous Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs, Fla., will return to Greater Cincinnati this fall to enchant Newport Aquarium guests from Sept. 25 through Oct. 12.
Free with Newport Aquarium admission, guests will be able to see real-life mermaids, clad in colorful fishtailed costumes, swim underwater from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day*. The Mermaids at the Newport Aquarium will dive in the aquarium’s 60,000-gallon Coral Reef tank that features nearly 200 aquatic animals and more than 50 species of fish, including a newly added zebra shark.
Guests will also have the opportunity to personally meet and talk with a mermaid, as well as have their pictures taken in the aquarium’s Shark Ray Bay Theater from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. daily*.
An exclusive event added to the Weeki Wachee Mermaids’ visit to Newport Aquarium is the Mermaid & Pirate Family Ball, an after-hours family-friendly costume party on Sept. 25 that includes appetizers and refreshments, a treasure hunt, dancing and a special mermaid meet-and-greet. Newport Aquarium is giving away a four-pack of tickets to the Mermaid & Pirate Family Ball to one lucky fan who enters its Facebook sweepstakes, which runs Sept. 14-21.
Additional mermaid encounters at Newport Aquarium during the Weeki Wachee Mermaids’ 18-day engagement include Breakfast with a Mermaid on Oct. 4 and Oct. 11.
Tickets are limited for the Mermaid & Pirate Family Ball and Breakfast with a Mermaid and are available for purchase at NewportAquarium.com.
The return of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids at the Newport Aquarium comes on the heels of their wildly popular 10-day visit to Newport Aquarium in October 2014, which was the 67-year-old institution’s first visit to the Midwest.
The mermaids are travelling from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, a freshwater spring north of Tampa, Fla., home of underwater mermaid appearances and performances since 1947.
For more information on the Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).
*Times for Mermaid swims and meet-and-greets are subject to change. Check website for schedule.