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Food Allergy Alert

The animals in this exhibit are fed a variety of seafood. Please refrain from touching the animals if you have a known fish or shellfish allergy.


Questions?: 1-800-406-3474

Penguin Encounters

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You are invited inside The Penguin House, the backstage home of our African penguins. During this exclusive 20-minute encounter, you will talk with one of our Animal Experience Specialists who handle these adorable birds. Watch up close as the penguins waddle, wiggle and shake their tails. You get to take pictures of the penguins, and maybe even touch one! These penguins are from a temperate environment, so no coats are needed.

Monday - Thursday: 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m, 1:00 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m, 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $26.99 each, Experience recommended for ages 4 and older
Annual Passholder Price (20% off): $21.59

Note: To purchase passholder tickets online, you must include your annual pass number when you create your account.


  • Each guest must have their own ticket.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This experience is recommended for children 4 and older.
  • Adults may bring infants up to 25 pounds with them free of charge, in a Snuggli-style front baby carrier. If you need one, we provide carriers in the lobby free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Encounters are limited. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early. The Encounters run on a strict schedule to allow the greatest amount of time for your experience. Any late arrivals will forfeit their tickets for the Encounter. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be rescheduled. You can add this experience to any Newport Aquarium ticket purchase.

A portion of the sales is donated to the WAVE Foundation for penguin conservation programs.