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Mermaids Return to Newport Aquarium

The mermaids return to Newport Aquarium next Friday, September 28.

The show runs through October 14.

For the first time, visitors will also experience the new Mermaid Cove where a mermaid can swim up and meet them.

The magical mermaid experience begins in Shark Ray Bay Theater where Newport Aquarium guests will be greeted by a mermaid while she’s sitting on her throne. It’s the perfect photo opp, while ocean friends like Denver the sea turtle, Sweet Pea the shark ray, and the aquarium's sand tiger sharks all swim up to the Surrounded by Sharks window.

Mermaids will also hang out in the Coral Reef. 

“Newport Aquarium’s mermaids are a tradition families looks forward to every year,” said Eric Rose, executive director at Newport Aquarium. “Mermaids are ocean advocates, and help share important conservation messages like saying ‘no’ to plastic bags, and skipping single-use plastic straws.”

Daily mermaid appearances are included with regular admission.

Mermaids and Pirates Party 

The festivities kick off with the Mermaids and Pirates Party on Friday, Sept. 28 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. This after-hours family-friendly costume party includes appetizers and refreshments, dancing, an adventure map and mermaid and pirate-themed activities. There’s also a special mermaid meet-and-greet and much more. Tickets can be purchased online for this signature event. 

Mermaid and Pirate Breakfasts 

Another add-on experience this year is the Mermaids and Pirates Breakfast on Oct. 7 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Guests can enjoy breakfast with their families in Newport Aquarium’s Riverside Room. All guests get exclusive access to meet a mermaid and pirate. After breakfast, guests will be invited into the aquarium before it opens to the public.

-Staff report