Dolphin Encounters

Dolphin Encounter

Have you ever wanted to work with dolphins? Spend a morning as an honorary member of our marine mammal team, highlighted by an up-close encounter with one of our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

Get a glimpse of a day in the life of our dolphins and the talented people who teach and care for them. After an interactive orientation and behind-the-scenes tour of Dolphin Discovery, step on deck to experience firsthand how we build relationships with each member of our dolphin family.

Once you’ve seen how the team does it, it’s your turn to have a special, hands-on interaction with one of our dolphins. And before you leave, you’ll receive a commemorative photo of your visit.

Want to bring someone along for the adventure? An observer ticket lets a friend or family member join you behind the scenes where they can safely sit and take photos/video.

The Basics

Ages:
All participants must be at least 8 years of age to participate in this program; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult with an Encounter or Observer ticket. Refunds will not be given for participants who do not meet the age requirements.

Time:
2 hours

Price (includes Aquarium admission, photo and souvenir shirt):

General Encounter Ticket $225
Member Encounter Ticket $195
General Observer Ticket $90
Member Observer Ticket $80

Call for Tickets (410) 576-3833

*To maintain the intimate nature of the program, each Encounter participant may purchase only one Observer ticket. Observers also receive behind-the-scenes access to the pool deck where they can safely sit and take photos/videos.

Getting Ready for Your Tour

  • 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
  • Come early or stay late—your ticket is good for a full day of Aquarium exploration, but be sure to return to check in at least 15 minutes before your tour
  • You may get wet, so we recommend bringing a change of clothes
  • 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

For Your Safety

  • Wear non-slip shoes (no flip-flops, crocs or heels)
  • Participants don’t get in the water but should have basic swimming skills, as you’ll be interacting with the dolphins next to a deep-water pool
  • Jewelry, glasses, hats and other items that may fall into the exhibit must be removed before going on deck with the dolphins
  • Cameras are welcome, but be mindful that they may get wet; the Aquarium is not responsible for loss or damage of personal items

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.

Can My Family and Friends Watch?

If a family member or friend wants to watch your Dolphin Encounter, they can purchase an Observer ticket and join you behind the scenes. Only one Observer ticket is available per participant. If they choose not to purchase an Observer ticket, they can wait for Dolphin Discovery to open to the public and watch your Dolphin Encounter from the stands. Guests who choose not purchase a Dolphin Encounter or Observer ticket will be required to purchase Aquarium admission.

What should I wear?

You’ll be traveling behind the scenes and interacting with our dolphins, so close-toed, non-slip shoes are required. That means no crocs, sandals, flip-flops or high heels. Comfortable clothing is recommended, and please refrain from wearing any jewelry, sunglasses or hats. If you have long hair, remember to bring a hair tie. Cameras and electronics are permitted but discouraged, because they may get wet. We recommend leaving bags and other personal items at home, as there may not be a place to store your belongings.

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.

Will someone take photos of my Dolphin Encounter?

Yes! One of our photographers will be available to help capture your once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ll receive one complimentary photo, and additional photos will be available for purchase after.


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Available dates:

Thursday, June, 30, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 6

Saturday, July, 02, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Quantity Available: 8

Thursday, July, 07, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 4

Sunday, July, 10, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 8

Saturday, July, 16, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Quantity Available: 3

Saturday, July, 23, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Quantity Available: 7

Sunday, July, 24, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 8

Thursday, July, 28, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 6

Saturday, July, 30, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Quantity Available: 3

Sunday, July, 31, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 8

Thursday, August, 04, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 8

Saturday, August, 06, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Quantity Available: 8

Thursday, August, 11, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 8

Saturday, August, 13, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Quantity Available: 8

Sunday, August, 14, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 8

Thursday, August, 18, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 8

Saturday, August, 20, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Quantity Available: 7

Saturday, August, 27, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Quantity Available: 8

Sunday, August, 28, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 6

If you have questions, or wish to check on additional tour availability:

Contact Central Reservations 9 am–4:30 pm at 410-576-3833, or email reserve@aqua.org.

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.

The Dolphin Encounter was a dream come true for both my daughter and me. The entire visit and our contact with the staff was extraordinary. Thank you, everyone.