Great Lakes Options

Sharks await you just outside Cincinnati.

Underwater Safari

Head to warm waters, at least for a day, at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Ky. You can get frighteningly close to the only shark ray in the Western Hemisphere, Sweet Pea, meet a flashlight fish and experience the touch pool, where you can go nose-to-nose with a live whelk. The 121,200-square-foot aquarium has tanks that hold a combined 1 million gallons of fresh and salt water and houses more than 65 exhibits with hundreds of different species. Tickets are $17.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors, $10.95 ages 3-12 and children 2 and younger are free. Visit or call 1-800-406-3474 for additional information.

The Illusion of a New Year

Need some magic, comedy, romance and suspense in your life? Then enjoy the Spencers’ Theatre of Illusion show at the Palace Theatre in Marion, Ohio. The show will be in town for one night only, Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Cindy and Kevin Spencer combine magical illusions with high-tech special effects for a performance that’s part magic, part dramatic theater. The duo defies the laws of gravity, walks through a running industrial fan and involves the audience in various tricks. Tickets start at $18. For more information visit or call (740) 383-2101.


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