Saturday, May 26, 2001

Aquarium visitors can cruise the Ohio

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT - Beginning today, visitors to the Newport Aquarium can not only get close to sharks, penguins and other aquatic attractions, but also take a cruise on the Ohio River, all in one package.

        Plans call for a dock to be constructed on the river just below the aquarium, in the area formerly occupied by Barleycorn's floating restaurant. Officials had hoped to have the dock in place this weekend, but high water postponed that effort.

        The aquarium and BB Riverboats have joined forces to offer visitors a one-hour cruise on a BB Riverboat excursion craft and an aquarium visit, for one price.

        Lisa Popyk, aquarium communications director, said the “Aquarium Cruises” will start this weekend and until the new dock is built, visitors can board a boat at BB Riverboat's headquarters in Covington.

        The one-hour cruises depart at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. The package price is $22.50 for adults, $21.25 for seniors and $13 for children. Tickets are available at BB Riverboats and the aquarium. Aquarium hours through Labor Day are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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