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Dolphin Explorer

Throughout history, humans have forged strong connections with dolphins. Today, we have a much greater understanding of these animals than we did in the past. But how much do we really know about this beautiful and intelligent species?

Team up with our marine mammal staff to uncover answers to some of the questions you have about dolphins. You’ll go on an incredible adventure that leads you through several interactive research stations and into a unique, one-of-a-kind session with our dolphin family.

Great for families, scout groups and individuals alike—together, you’ll discover that there is much more to dolphins than meets the eye!

The Basics

All ages; best enjoyed by those 5+. All guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

1 ½ hours

Price (includes Aquarium admission):

General $55
Member $35

Call for Tickets (410) 576-3833

Getting Ready for Your Tour

  • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour. Check in at our Pier 4 entrance, just past Chipotle to the right of the dolphin fountain
  • Stay late—your ticket is good for a full day of Aquarium exploration
  • 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

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?

No. Guests must be at least 8 years old to visit behind-the-scenes areas, so this tour was designed with our young explorers in mind!

How old do I have to be to go on this tour?

There are no age restrictions on this tour, but it’s a perfect fit for guests 5 years of age or older.

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.

Will I get to touch any animals?

Not all of the animals you’ll see on your tour are available for guest interaction. We try to bring you as close to our animals as possible, but for both your safety and that of our animals, we cannot guarantee the opportunity to touch or handle an animal.

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and shoes, as you’ll be traveling around the Aquarium.

Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are not allowed in the Aquarium and should be checked prior to the start of your tour. Strollers are permitted for guests with disabilities.

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 Aquarium’s Pier 4 entrance located just behind the dolphin fountain.

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