In response to COVID-19, we’ve made some essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Insider's Tour

Maximum six participants

  • Next Date

    May 15, 2021

  • Time

    8:00 am to 9:15 am

  • Price

    $300 Per Group

  • Ages

    All Ages

  • Start Location

    Staff Entrance (Pier 3)

Overview

Get an exclusive peek into life at the Aquarium before it opens! Travel through the exhibits without the crowds and learn more about the animals that call the Aquarium home. Travel from the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean to the tropical rain forests of South America before ending in the Northern Territory of Australia, all accompanied by an expert guide!

Members

Member Price: $240

Please book your tour online, and don't forget to also reserve your time slot for your Aquarium visit through our reservation portal.

Questions? Please call Central Reservations at 410-659-4269 (available from 9 am to 4:30 pm, seven days a week).

Important

  • One add-on tour ticket will cover your entire group, and a General Admission ticket must be purchased for every guest in your group.
  • Your group may not exceed six participants.
  • This tour does not allow guests to touch or physically interact with the animals.
  • This tour does not include access to behind-the-scenes spaces.
  • This tour is fully accessible to guests using wheelchairs. Please call our Central Reservations team at 410-576-3833 for more information.

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Before You Go

Everything you need to know before your Insider's Tour!

  • In addition to implementing enhanced health and safety measures in response to COVID-19, the Aquarium has limited capacity for tours. Each tour will consist of one family/group at a time with a maximum of six people. This not only complies with our new safety measures, but also provides a more private, memorable experience for our guests.
  • Mask guidelines apply while on the experience. Learn more about our mask guidelines.
  • Participants must be in the same family/group and be able to stand together (less than 6 feet apart) during the tour. The tour guide will adhere to social distance guidelines.

Before your tour, please review the following important information:

  • Wear closed-toe, non-slip shoes.
  • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour. Check in at the Pier 3 Staff Entrance (next to the USS Torsk submarine).
  • You'll be asked to sign a waiver when you get here—save time by having everyone in your group sign a digital copy that will be sent to the email address used to make your reservation.
  • Learn more about discounted parking at our partner garages. Bring your parking ticket to the Aquarium to have it validated before leaving.
  • When booking your tour, please notify Central Reservations of any guests with special needs.

Insider's 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 Insider's Tour display as an add-on during checkout. If you have any questions, please call us at 410-576-3833.

There is no age requirement for this program; guests of all ages can participate. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about your Insider's Tour? We've probably answered it here!

No. This tour does not go behind the scenes.

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.

This tour does not allow guests to touch the animals.

Closed-toe, non-slip shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended.

No. However, this tour is an add-on to a general admission ticket, which grants you admission into the building.

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