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.

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National Aquarium - Immersion Tours

Insider's Tour

Best For: Families with children over age 8, Teens, Adults, Scouts

Get the inside scoop on our animals and behind-the-scenes locations as you explore the Aquarium like never before! Learn More

Animal Care Experience

Best For: Families with children over age 8, Teens, Adults, Scouts

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. Learn More

Daily Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Best For: Families with children over age 8, Teens, Adults

Step behind-the-scenes to see how we care for some of your favorite animals and exhibits at the National Aquarium! Learn More

Shark Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Best For: Families with children over age 8, Teens, Adults, Scouts

Peer into the watery world of the shark and discover that there are more to them than just an impressive set of teeth! Learn More

Icky, Creepy, Slimy, Cool Tour

Best For: Families with children over age 8, Teens, Adults, Scouts

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 More

Dolphin Encounter

Best For: Families with children over age 8, Teens, Adults

Discover the amazing world of the dolphin by becoming a part of our dolphin team and experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime encounter! Learn More

Aquarium Guest Diver Program

Best For: Adults

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime dive that takes you to an exotic coral reef full of incredible animals, right here in Maryland! Learn More

Dolphin Sleepover

Best For: Families with children over age 8, Scouts, Teens

See the Aquarium in a way you never thought possible as you join our dolphin family for an unforgettable sleepover adventure! Learn More

Aquarium Sleepover Adventure

Best For: Families with children over age 8, Scouts, Teens

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

National Aquarium - Immersion Tours

Sleepover with the Sharks

Best For: Families with children over age 8, Scouts, Teens

After a night of exploring, you’ll rest easy at this sleepover knowing that our sharks are keeping a close eye on you! Learn More

Dolphin Explorer

Best For: Young Children, Families, Scouts, Kids, Adults, Teens

Team up with our dolphin staff and discover that there is more to these amazing animals than meets the eye! Learn More

The Legend of Calypso's Gold

Best For: Young Children, Families, Scouts, Kids

Get ready for an incredible adventure as you set off in search of the hidden treasure of the great guardian, Calypso! Learn More

Backyard Explorer

Backyard Explorer

Best For: Young Children, Families, Scouts, Kids

Join one of our expert naturalists to uncover the clues animals leave behind in nature and discover some of the aquarium’s most elusive residents! Learn More

Immersion Tour

National Aquarium Customizable Experiences

Best For: Everyone

Let us help you create an experience that is uniquely yours! To schedule your custom experience, email ImmersionTours@aqua.org or call 410-576-8822.

Custom Tours FAQ

What can I customize?

Whether you choose to modify an existing program or create something entirely new, we’ll help you plan an experience that meets your needs:

  • Date and time of your program
  • Areas visited in the Aquarium, including behind-the-scenes
  • Featured animals or exhibits
  • Animal encounters, expert guest speakers and more

Can I bring a Group?

Yes! We can accommodate most groups for your customized tour. Large groups may have to break into smaller groups for certain 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 does a customized experience cost?

The price of your tour will vary based on the customizations you choose. Our team will help create a program to fit your budget. To find out if a customized program is right for you, contact us at 410-576-8822 or at immersiontours@aqua.org.

When should I book my tour?

We require a minimum of two weeks to plan your customized experience. Reservations cannot be made more than 90 days in advance.

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.