Get up close and personal with our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins! The Dolphin Encounter brings guests side-by-side with trainers for a dolphin training and play session.
This hands-on, 2-hour-long encounter begins with a fun-filled, interactive orientation session. Then you'll be escorted on deck where the real fun begins! It's playtime with the dolphins, and it's sure to be an unforgettable experience.
We also offer deckside observer tickets for friends or family. Observer tickets include the orientation session, priority seating in the dolphin amphitheater, and an up-close view of the dolphin encounter for taking photos or video.
Participants must be at least 8 years old, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult who has purchased an Encounter or Observer ticket.
Encounter: $209.95 per person
Price includes Aquarium admission, encounter, reserved seating in the dolphin amphitheater, and souvenir photo of your encounter.
Observer: $83.95 per person
To maintain the intimate nature of the program, each Encounter participant may purchase one Observer ticket. Price includes Aquarium admission, deckside view of the encounter, and reserved seating in the dolphin amphitheater.
Call 410-576-3833 to book your Dolphin Encounter.
Member discounts are available. Call 410-576-3833 for more information.
Policies & Procedures
Participants will be required to sign a waiver agreement. Please note: Immersion Tour participants do not actually get into the water.
Your experience will last approximately 2 hours. Following the tour, you are welcome to explore the Aquarium at your leisure.
The safety of both our guests and our dolphins is our first priority. What you wear and bring into the dolphin area matters. Please read the following information to ensure you get the most out of your experience.
For the safety of our dolphins, all jewelry must be removed prior to going on deck with the dolphins. The Aquarium will lock up any jewelry but is not responsible for loss or damage. There is a good chance that your clothes will come into contact with salt water; we recommend bringing a change of clothes. Please wear non-slip, closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops, Crocs, or high heels).
In order for you to get close enough to touch the dolphins, you must be physically able to kneel and/or lie on your stomach for up to 15 minutes at a time without assistance. Due to the structure of the dolphin pools and platform, portions of the program are not accessible to pregnant women or guests with special needs. Please call 410-576-3833 with any accessibility questions.
Encounter participants do not get into the water, but it is important that you have basic swimming ability, as you will be interacting with the dolphins next to a deep-water pool.
Our dolphins are trained for this program, but their behavior can still be unpredictable. For your safety, please be attentive and follow the instruction of the trainers at all times.
To maintain the small and intimate nature of the Dolphin Encounter program, each Encounter participant may purchase one Observer ticket.
During the dolphin interaction portion of the program, you will be seated in a designated area where you can safely enjoy watching and taking your own photos or videos (no tripods, please). The Aquarium will lock up any cameras but is not responsible for loss or damage.
To ensure you receive the best experience, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled program time. As a courtesy to other guests on your tour, your guide is unable to wait for late arrivals. Your tour will meet at the Aquarium staff entrance on Pier 3.
Following your Immersion Tour, your admission is good for a full day of Aquarium exploration! If you’d like to leave the building and re-enter later that day, get your hand stamped at the main exit of the Pier 3 Pavilion. Check with a staff member for the last entry time of the day.
The health of the animals is our primary concern; therefore, any tour may be canceled or modified without notice if it is in the animals' best interest.
If the Aquarium cancels your program, you will have the option of rescheduling for another date or receiving a full refund. To ensure that your tour has not been canceled due to inclement weather or unforeseen events, please call 410-576-8822 two hours prior to the program time on the day of your visit. If you miss your tour due to late arrival, no refund can be provided.
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