Newport Aquarium is a 100,000- square-foot facility located on the banks of the Ohio River, just across from downtown Cincinnati. Specially designed underwater tunnels will bring you face-to-face with sharks and other marine life. The recently remodeled theater now features Shark Ray Bay, which provides an awe-inspiring view of the giant shark tank and the aquarium’s four rare Shark Rays -- Sweet Pea, Scooter, Sunshine and Spike. Guests can pet the sharks and even come eye to eye with Tut, the Nile Crocodile in Gator Alley. Open 365 days a year, 10 am to 6 pm during fall and winter; 9 am to 7 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day.