Dolphin Encounter

National Aquarium – Dolphin Encounter
Photo by National Aquarium

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 does it, it’s your turn to have a special, hands-on interaction with one of our dolphins. And before you leave, you’ll receive a commemorative photo of your visit.

Want to bring someone along for the adventure? An observer ticket lets a friend or family member join you behind the scenes where they can safely sit and take photos/video.

Learn more about this Immersion Tour and view tour policies and procedures.

Price (includes Aquarium admission, photo and souvenir shirt):

General Encounter Ticket $220
Member Encounter Ticket $195
General Observer Ticket $90
Member Observer Ticket $80

*To maintain the intimate nature of the program, each Encounter participant may purchase only one Observer ticket. Observers also receive behind-the-scenes access to the pool deck where they can safely sit and take photos/videos.

Ages: 8+; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult with an Encounter or Observer ticket

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