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Tours & Experiences

Go behind the scenes with the National Aquarium's Tours & Experiences. Our expert guides will let you experience life at the Aquarium from an insider's perspective. You'll discover a fascinating world behind the glass.

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overnight

young explorers

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Insider's Tour

Best For: Families, Teens, Adults, Scouts
Must be age 8+ to participate

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

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Animal Care Tour

Best For: Families, Teens, Adults, Scouts
Must be age 8+ to participate

Get an incredible peek behind-the-scenes as you experience how we care for some of the almost 20,000 animals that call the National Aquarium home.

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Daily Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Best For: Families, Teens, Adults
Must be age 8+ to participate

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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Shark Tour

Best For: Families, Teens, Adults, Scouts
Must be age 8+ to participate

Peer into the watery world of the shark and discover that there is more to them than just an impressive set of teeth!

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Icky, Creepy, Slimy, Cool Tour

Best For: Families, Teens, Adults, Scouts
Must be age 8+ to participate

Ditch the cute and cuddly to discover the world of the icky, creepy, slimy, and (of course) coolest animals you'll ever lay eyes on!

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Dolphin Encounter

Best For: Families, Teens, Adults
Must be age 8+ to participate

Discover the amazing world of the dolphin by becoming a part of our dolphin team and experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime encounter!

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Aquarium Guest Diver Program

Best For: Adults

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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Dolphin Sleepover

Best For: Families, Teens, Scouts
Must be age 8+ to participate

See the Aquarium in a way you never thought possible as you join our dolphin family for an unforgettable sleepover adventure!

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Shark! Ocean Predator Overnight

Best For: Families, Teens, Scouts
Must be age 8+ to participate

After a night of exploring, you’ll rest easy at this sleepover knowing that our sharks are keeping a close eye on you!

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Aquarium Explorers

Best For: Young Children, Families, Scouts, Kids

Join one of our expert naturalists to uncover the clues animals leave behind in nature and discover some of the aquarium's most elusive residents!

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The Animal Care and Rescue Center Tour

This tour is reserved for members only at this time. Tours open to the general public in Spring 2019. Check back for details.

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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Tours & Experiences

National Aquarium Customizable Experiences

Best For: Everyone

Let us help you create an experience that is uniquely yours! To schedule your custom experience, email tours@aqua.org or call 410-576-8822.

Custom Tours FAQ

What can I customize?

Whether you choose to modify an existing program or create something entirely new, we'll help you plan an experience that meets your needs:

  • Date and time of your program
  • Areas visited in the Aquarium, including behind-the-scenes
  • Featured animals or exhibits
  • Animal encounters, expert guest speakers and more

Can I bring a Group?

Yes! We can accommodate most groups for your customized tour. Large groups may have to break into smaller groups for certain behind-the-scenes or animal experiences, but we'll always ensure your group has an amazing time. To make your experience truly engaging, we aim to have one guide per 12 guests.

What does a customized experience cost?

The price of your tour will vary based on the customizations you choose. Our team will help create a program to fit your budget. To find out if a customized program is right for you, contact us at 410-576-8822 or at tours@aqua.org.

When should I book my tour?

We require a minimum of two weeks to plan your customized experience. Custom tours are subject to availability, and we may not be able to accommodate all requests. Reservations cannot be made more than 90 days in advance.

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.