Immersion Tours

Sharks Sleepover

Experience the Aquarium From an Insider's Perspective

Go behind the scenes with the National Aquarium's Immersion Tours. Our expert guides will let you experience life at the Aquarium from an insider's perspective. You'll discover a fascinating world behind the glass.

Gallery Tour

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Learn About Gallery Tours

Get a head start with a guided tour before the building opens!

Dolphin Encounter

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Have a Dolphin Encounter

Get up close and personal with the dolphins in a private teaching and play session!

Veterinarian Tour

Veterinarian Tour

Learn About Veterinarian Tours

Put on your very own surgical cap and mask, and dive in to this behind-the-scenes tour led by one of our staff veterinarians.

Sharks! Behind-the-Scenes

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Learn About Sharks! Behind the Scenes

Get uncomfortably close to these predators of the deep.

Dolphin Sleepover

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Learn About Dolphin Sleepovers

You'll think you're already dreaming as you learn about these amazing marine mammals.

Sleepover With the Sharks

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Learn About Sleepover With the Sharks

Sharks will be lurking close by as you attempt to sleep through the night!

Dolphins 101

National Aquarium - Immersion Tours

Learn about Dolphins

It’s art class for our dolphins, and you get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look!

Daily Behind-the-Scenes

National Aquarium – North Atlantic to the Pacific

Get an Insider's Look

Go behind the scenes for an exclusive look at one of our favorite Aquarium exhibits, Pacific Coral Reef.

Guest Diver Program

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Be a Guest Diver

Certified divers ages 18 and up are invited to dive in one of the Aquarium's most popular exhibits.

Custom Immersion Tours

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Invent your own! Each of our Immersion Programs can be customized to meet your group's needs and interests, giving you the freedom to dream up your own unforgettable experience. Planning a corporate retreat? Looking for a unique way to entertain visiting relatives? Let your imagination run wild!

Custom Tours FAQ

What options are available to customize?

Guests can choose:

  • Dates and times for experience
  • Where to go in the Aquarium
  • Which animals or exhibits to highlight
  • To go behind-the-scenes in our staff-only areas
  • To let the Immersion Programs team design a custom experience for you

We can also tailor any of our existing experiences to fit any age or interest level

How many guests are allowed on an Immersion Program?

A customized Immersion Program can fit just about any size group. Larger groups may have to break up into smaller groups for behind-the-scenes or animal experiences, but we’ll always ensure your group has an amazing time. To make your experience truly engaging, we aim to have one guide per 12 guests.

What else can we add to our Immersion Program to make it truly unique?

We can add once-in-a-lifetime animal encounters, expert guest speakers and more.

How much does this customized experience cost?

Since each experience is customized, each experience will have a different associated cost. Our Immersion Programs team will help create a program to fit your budget.

How far in advance do we need to make reservations for a Customized Immersion Program?

  • We require a minimum of 2 weeks to plan your customized experience.
  • We do not take reservations more than 90 days in advance.

Do I have to pay National Aquarium admission on top of the tour or program cost?

Since our programs all take place inside the Aquarium, admission is included in the cost of the Immersion Program.

Schedule a Custom Tour

To schedule your custom National Aquarium experience, email ImmersionTours@aqua.org or call 410-982-2326.