Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin Encounters

A Hands-on Dolphin Experience

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.

The Basics

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

Time:
2 hours

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

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

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*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.

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 discounted parking, use the Lockwood Place Garage at 124 Market Pl. 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 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 a deep-water pool
  • 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

Accessibility

In order to get close enough to touch the dolphins, you must be 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 exhibit, portions of the program may not be accessible to pregnant women or guests with special needs. While there are no height restrictions, portions of the program may be tough for smaller guests.

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.

Age Restrictions

You must be at least 16 years old to participate in an Immersion Tour program without an accompanying adult. Guests under the age of 18 must bring a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

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Questions?

Contact Central Reservations weekdays from 9 am–4:30 pm at 410-576-3833, or email reserve@aqua.org.

 

The Dolphin Encounter was a dream come true for both my daughter and me. The entire visit and our contact with the staff was extraordinary. Thank you, everyone.

Upcoming Dates

9 a.m.–11 a.m.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Saturday, February 7, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Sunday, February 8, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Saturday, February 14, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Sunday, February 15, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Saturday, February 21, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Saturday, February 28, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Saturday, March 7, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Sunday, March 8, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Saturday, March 14, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Sunday, March 15, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Saturday, March 21, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Saturday, March 28, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

Sunday, March 29, 2015

9:00 AM Dolphin Encounter

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