Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

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 provides excellent animal care, it's your turn to get eye-to-eye with the animals to see their strength and intelligence up close.

The Basics

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 ticket. Refunds will not be given for participants who do not meet the age requirements.

2 hours

Price (includes Aquarium admission, souvenir shirt):

General Encounter Ticket $225
Member Encounter Ticket $195

To Book Your Experience Call (410) 576-3833

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 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 close-toed, 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 an open water exhibit.
  • 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.

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 must purchase a Dolphin Encounter ticket and join you on the entire experience. If they choose not to participate, they can wait for Dolphin Discovery to open to the public and sit in the amphitheater seats. Please be advised that we cannot guarantee that Friends and Family will be able to observe the Encounter. Participants and family/friends can meet each other at 11AM when the experience concludes. Guests who choose to not purchase a Dolphin Encounter 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?

No, although photos are allowed on the experience, there will be no staff available to take photos of you or your group during the experience.

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Available dates:

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 12

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 10

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 10

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 12

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Quantity Available: 12

Saturday, December 22, 2018

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