Stingray Hideaway at the Newport Aquarium is now one of my favorite things about this aquarium!  It is such a cool space to hang out with stingrays!  You can stand over the pool and pet the sting rays, or go under the pool through a tunnel and up through a tube to watch the stingrays up close.  We were sad to hear that the otters have relocated to other aquariums, but it was exciting to see what the aquarium did with the space that formerly housed my son Sam’s favorite sea critter.   My kids could have stayed in this room longer than any other section of the aquarium…they loved the velvety feel of the stingrays, and the rays were not shy at all, they almost seemed to want the attention of the kids!  Stingray Hideaway is a great way to get up close with the stingrays, so make sure you visit them next time you are at the Newport Aquarium!

Stingray Hideaway at the Newport Aquarium

When visiting Stingray Hideaway, guests enter a tropical getaway where they have the opportunity to interact with stingrays and experience their world from above and below.

Free with admission, the new experience includes a 17,000-gallon stingray touchpool, inviting guests to touch and interact directly with about two dozen stingrays representing three different species, as well as a 30-foot tunnel where kids and adults can explore the stingrays’ world from below. The immersive tropical setting also features a second, smaller touch pool area for smaller children to touch and experience juvenile sharks on their own level, and a tropical island habitat featuring iguanas, other species of lizards, and several species of fish. There is something for guests of all ages to explore and enjoy.

For more information, visit or call 800-406-FISH (3474).

Disclosure:  I was given complimentary passes for review purposes, opinions are 100% my own.