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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

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Daily Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Ages: 8+

Duration: 45 minutes–1 hour

Days Offered: Daily

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

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Green Sea Turtle

Insider's Tour

Ages: 8+

Duration: 2–2.5 hours

Days Offered: Friday–Sunday; daily during peak season

Get the inside scoop on our animals and staff-only locations as you explore the Aquarium like never before!

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Sandbar Shark

Shark Tour

Ages: 8+

Duration: 1.5 hours

Days Offered: Friday–Sunday; daily during peak season

Peer into the world of sharks and learn that there is more to these predators than just an impressive set of teeth!

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Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Icky, Creepy, Slimy, Cool Tour

Ages: 8+

Duration: 2 hours

Days Offered: Saturdays

Ditch the cute and cuddly to discover the world of icky, creepy, slimy and cool animals at the Aquarium!

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Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

Dolphin Encounter

Ages: 8+

Duration: 2 hours

Days Offered: Weekends

Discover the amazing world of dolphins by becoming a part of our dolphin team and experiencing an up-close encounter with these incredible mammals!

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Blue Discus

Aquarium Sleepover

Ages: 8+

Duration: Overnight

Days Offered: Weekends

Experience the Aquarium after dark as you join us for an unforgettable sleepover adventure!

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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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The Animal Care and Rescue Center Tour

Ages: 8+

Duration: 2 hours

Days Offered: Weekends

Experience our state-of-the-art Animal Care and Rescue Center through a one-of-a-kind tour that lets you travel behind the scenes and discover the unique journey of our animals.

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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

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

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