Early Access Tour
Get a peek at life in the Aquarium before it opens!
$60-$70 Per Person
8 and Up
Staff Entrance (Pier 3)
Get a peek at life in the Aquarium before it opens! Feed breakfast to the fish in Atlantic Coral Reef; experience our interactive touchpools without the crowds; watch an archerfish feeding in Australia: Wild Extremes; and gain access to exclusive behind-the-scenes spaces!
Tour pricing is per person; each guest must have their own tour ticket to participate.
Tour prices are higher on peak days, which occur in May, June, July and August. Peak days are as follows:
May & June: Saturdays, Sundays
July & August: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Member Price: $45-$55 per person
Please book your tour online and be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour.
Questions? Please call Central Reservations at 410-659-4269 (available from 9 am to 4:30 pm, seven days a week).
Everything you need to know before your Early Access Tour!
Before your tour, please review the following important information:
Early Access Tour starts one hour before the National Aquarium opens to the public. To purchase this tour, guests buying general admission tickets online must select the first time slot of the day to see the Early Access Tour display as an add-on during checkout. If you have any questions, please call us at 410-576-3833.
Guests must be 8 years or older. All guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian in order to attend.
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.
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.
All aspects of this tour are subject to availability.
Have a question about your Early Access Tour? We've probably answered it here!
A paid 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.
Yes! Your tour will include a visit to Living Seashore, our interactive touchpool exhibit, where you'll be able to touch skates, jellies, horseshoe crabs and more. Please be advised that our exhibits are periodically closed for maintenance and unforeseen circumstances; if Living Seashore is scheduled to be closed during your tour, your tour guide will notify you beforehand.
Closed-toe, non-slip shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended.
No. However, this experience is an add-on to a general admission ticket, which grants you admission into the building.