Sharks Sleepover

Immersion Tours

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.

The Legend of Calypso's Gold

Legend of Calypso's Gold

Get ready for an incredible adventure as you set off in search of the hidden treasure of the great Guardian Calypso.

Set Off for Adventure

Mantis Shrimp

Icky, Creepy, Slimy, Cool

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!

Learn About Icky,
Creepy, Slimy, Cool

National Aquarium - Dolphin Encounters

Dolphin Encounters

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

Have a Dolphin Encounter

National Aquarium - Immersion Tours

Insider's Tour

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

Learn About Insider's Tours

National Aquarium - Immersion Tours

Guest Diver Program

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

Be a Guest Diver

National Aquarium - Immersion Tours

Sharks! Behind-the-Scenes

Get uncomfortably close to these predators of the deep.

Learn About Sharks!
Behind the Scenes

National Aquarium - Immersion Tours

Dolphin Sleepover

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

Learn About
Dolphin Sleepovers

National Aquarium - Immersion Tours

Sleepover with the Sharks

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

Learn About Sleepover
With the Sharks

National Aquarium - Immersion Tours

Dolphin Explorer

Team up with our marine mammal staff to get to know dolphins in a whole new way!

Learn about Dolphins

Animal Care Tour

Animal Care Experience

Get an incredible peek behind-the-scenes as you experience how we care for some of the almost 20,000 animals that call the National Aquarium home.

Get an Exclusive Look

Backyard Explorer

Backyard Explorer

Grab your binoculars and join a National Aquarium naturalist on a journey to discover the sights and sounds of the animal world!

See What You Can Find

Overnight Adventure

Overnight Adventure

Join your friends, family, and a giant green sea turtle for a sleepover adventure you’ll never forget!

Set Off for Adventure

Twilight Tour

Aquarium Twilight Tour

Take an Insider’s look behind-the-scenes and see what goes on at the Aquarium after the sun goes down.

See the Aquarium in a Different Light

National Aquarium – North Atlantic to the Pacific

Daily Behind-the-Scenes

Go behind the scenes for an exclusive look at one of our living coral reefs to see how we care for coral at the National Aquarium!

Get an Insider's Look

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.