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Tours & Experiences

Go behind the scenes with the National Aquarium's Tours & Experiences! With the help of our expert guides, you'll discover a fascinating world behind the glass and experience life at the Aquarium from an insider's perspective.

Available Tours & Experiences

Black Blotched Fantail Ray

Daily Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Ages: 8+

Duration: 45 minutes–1 hour

Days Offered: Daily

Step behind the scenes in one of our reef exhibits with an expert guide!

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Green Sea Turtle

Insider's Tour

Ages: 8+

Duration: 2 hours

Days Offered: Friday–Sunday; daily during peak season

Explore the Aquarium before it opens as you visit exclusive behind-the-scenes areas, assist with feeding breakfast to our fish, experience our interactive touchpool without the crowds and more!

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Sandbar Shark

Shark Tour

Ages: 8+

Duration: 1.5 hours

Days Offered: Friday–Sunday; daily during peak season

Dare to walk the catwalk above Shark Alley, where sharks circle just inches below. Check out the food prep kitchen and feed fish in their exhibit habitats as you learn about these incredible predators of the deep.

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Spiny-Tailed Monitor

Wild Extremes Tour

Ages: 8+

Duration: 2 hours

Days Offered: Saturdays

Travel behind the scenes in Australia: Wild Extremes and experience a hands-on animal encounter in this unique tour that focuses on animals that slither, hiss and crawl!

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Pod of Dolphins

Dolphin Tour

Ages: All ages

Duration: 45 minutes–1 hour

Days Offered: Daily

Get up close with our colony of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and participate in their enrichment activities!

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Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

Dolphin Encounter

Ages: 8+

Duration: 2 hours

Days Offered: Weekends

Come face to face with our dolphins! This encounter allows you to interact with and touch a dolphin, meet marine mammal staff and participate in dolphin enrichment activities.

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Blue Discus

Aquarium Sleepover

Ages: 8+

Duration: Overnight

Days Offered: Weekends

Discover the Aquarium after dark as you explore behind-the-scenes areas, get hands-on with aquatic animals and walk the shark catwalk!

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Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

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Ages: 8+

Duration: Overnight

Days Offered: Weekends

Get up close and personal with our colony of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in this memorable sleepover experience!

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Tour Guest Meeting Duncan

The Animal Care and Rescue Center Tour

Ages: 8+

Duration: 2 hours

Days Offered: Weekends

Tour the Aquarium's state-of-the-art Animal Care and Rescue Center as you feed animals, learn from expert staff and more!

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Clown Anemonefish

National Aquarium Customizable Experiences

Ages: All ages

Duration: Custom

Days Offered: Custom

Whether you choose to modify an existing program or create a new experience, we'll help you customize a tour that is unique to your needs!

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Diver in an Exhibit

Aquarium Guest Diver Program

Ages: 18+

Duration: 3.5 hours

Days Offered: Saturdays

Dive in Atlantic Coral Reef for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that takes you to a tropical reef, right here in Maryland!

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Two Dolphins and a Trainer Interacting

Special Occasion Package

Ages: 8+

Duration: 2 hours

Days Offered: Weekends

Guests participating in the Dolphin Encounter tour who are celebrating a special occasion can purchase an upgraded experience—a buoy with a custom message delivered by one of the Aquarium's dolphins!

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