Mantis Shrimp

Icky, Creepy, Slimy, Cool Tour

The Aquarium’s most unique residents take center stage in this unique tour! With the help of an Aquarium expert, you’ll get a close look at the weird world of some of our creepiest, crawliest, most strange and often misunderstood animals. Explore behind-the-scenes areas to learn how we care for these fascinating creatures, and hear incredible stories that may just change your perception about these misfits of the animal kingdom. So, ditch the cute and cuddly to discover the world of the icky, creepy, slimy and (of course) coolest animals you’ll ever lay eyes on!

The Basics

All participants must be at least 8 years of age to participate in this program. All guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Refunds will not be given for participants who do not meet the age requirements.

2 hours

Price (includes Aquarium admission):

General $65
Member $55

Getting Ready for Your Tour

  • Wear non-slip shoes (no flip-flops, crocs or heels)
  • Check in at our staff entrance when you arrive. It’s just around the corner from our main entrance, across from the USS Torsk submarine
  • Stay late—your ticket is good for a full day of Aquarium exploration. If you decide to leave and come back to the Aquarium on the same day, make sure you get your hand-stamped on the way out so you can return later in the day
  • You’ll be asked to sign a waiver when you get here—save time by bringing a signed copy along
  • For information on discounted parking, please check Bring your ticket to have it validated before leaving the Aquarium
  • When booking your tour, please notify Central Reservations of any guests with special needs
  • Additional Information

    Cancellation/Refund Policy

    Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable, including if you miss your tour due to late arrival. If the Aquarium cancels your program, you’ll have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.

    Call Ahead

    To ensure that your tour hasn’t been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances such as animal health or inclement weather, please call 410-576-8822 the day of your program for cancellation information.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does my tour go behind-the-scenes?

    Yes! You’ll visit behind-the-scenes areas during your tour.

    How old do I have to be to go on this tour?

    Because of the behind-the-scenes access, all participants must be at least 8 years old. No refunds will be given for guests who do not meet the minimum age requirements to participate.

    Can my child participate without a parent or guardian?

    A parent or guardian must accompany all participants under the age of 16. Minors 16 years of age or older may participate with a signed waiver from a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians accompanying children must be at least 18 years old. For example, a 17-year-old may attend a tour with a signed waiver, but their 10-year-old sibling may not accompany them without an adult.

    Will I get to touch any animals?

    Not all of the animals you’ll see on your tour are available for guest interaction. We try to bring you as close to our animals as possible, but for both your safety and that of our animals, we cannot guarantee the opportunity to touch or handle an animal.

    What should I wear?

    You’ll be traveling behind the scenes, so close-toed, non-slip shoes are required. That means no crocs, sandals, flip-flops or high heels. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, as you’ll be traveling around the Aquarium.

    Is admission included with my tour?

    Yes! You’re free to explore the Aquarium during our regular hours before or after your tour. To enter the building, please use the Pier 3 Staff Entrance located directly across from the U.S.S. Torsk submarine.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

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