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Daily Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Join us for a quick and exciting look behind the scenes! Led by an expert guide, you’ll learn about some of your favorite animals and exhibits around the Aquarium. With different tours offered throughout the year, be sure to come back and experience them all!

Reef Behind-the-Scenes Tour:

Go behind-the-scenes to find out what it takes to care for the amazing inhabitants of Blacktip Reef! You’ll explore staff-only areas, learn about coral reefs and discover how you can take small actions to help protect our blue planet.

Dolphin Discovery Behind the Scenes Tour:

Discover how our marine mammal specialists care for our eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. You’ll explore behind-the-scenes areas in Dolphin Discovery, see up-close how our staff works with these incredible animals and learn how you can help protect dolphins everywhere.

*** IMPORTANT: This tour does not allow guests to touch or physically interact with the dolphins.

The Basics

Ages:
All participants must be at least 8 years of age to participate in this program. Refunds will not be given for participants who do not meet the age requirements.

Time:
45 minutes-1 hour

Price (Aquarium Admission must be purchased separately to experience this tour):
$15.00

How to purchase the tour:

  • Step 1: Visit our Tickets page
  • Step 2: Choose your date and time of entry
  • Step 3: Select your ticket quantity
  • Step 4: Check the box next to "Add an exclusive tour for $15."

If space is still available, tickets can be purchased onsite during your visit

Getting Ready for Your Tour

  • Wear non-slip shoes (no flip-flops, crocs or heels)
  • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour. Check in at our information desk on level one, Blue Wonders: Reefs to Rainforests
  • Hold on to your admission ticket—you’ll need to show it to your guide at the start of the tour
  • 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 aqua.org/parking. 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.

Age Restrictions

You must be at least 16 years old to participate in an Immersion Tour program without an accompanying adult. Guests under the age of 18 must bring a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

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?

No. With the exception of our members, in order to attend the Daily Behind-the-Scenes tour, you must purchase Aquarium admission. You can purchase your general admission tickets and book your tour online via the ticketing page or in person at the Aquarium’s ticket window or Information Desk on the day of your visit. If you purchase tickets in advance, be sure your entry time is at least 15 min prior to the start of your tour.

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Questions?

Contact Immersion Tours, weekdays from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 410-576-8822.

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.

Immersion Tour

Custom Tours

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.

To schedule your custom National Aquarium experience, email ImmersionTours@aqua.org or call 410-576-8822.