More awe-inspiring than sleeping under the stars, the Overnight Adventure Program allows groups to spend the night with the most exotic and interesting creatures. Your group will explore hidden treasures of the Aquarium and visit with unique animals from around the world before camping out among amazing sea life. Schools, scouts, recreation programs, churches, youth groups, families and aquarium members are invited to bring their sleeping bags and pajamas along with their curiosity and sense of adventure for a Newport Aquarium Overnight Adventure Program.
Things to look forward to during your Overnight Adventure Program:
- Backstage Animal Experience
- Guided Aquarium Tour
- Reptile Animal Encounter
- Sharks or Penguin Classroom Experience
- Evening snack and light breakfast
- 15% Discount in the Newport Aquarium Gift shop
Must be 6 yrs old to participate.
Private Overnight Adventures
You can join us for a private overnight. For a Monday or Tuesday evening we require a minimum of 20 people and a minimum of 50 people any other day of the week for private overnights.
If you are interested the cost is $49.99 per person. We recommend selecting 5 days that work best for you and your group. You can then call our offices at 859-815-1471 to check on availability. We will also need this form filled out and sent to our office. There is a 25% deposit due at time of registration.
Upcoming Overnight Adventures:
- July 14th - Hideaway With Stingrays
Upcoming Scouts Overnights:
- Girl Scouts Overnight - Friday, June 16th
See what others have to say about our overnight adventures.
"My son and I enjoyed everything from start to finish! Everyone was super nice and we learned a lot. I would do it again tomorrow!”
“The counselors and handlers were great! Every interaction was friendly and educational. This has been a great experience!”
“Your staff was truly amazing! My expectations were not only met but blown away. By far, this is the coolest thing our troop has ever done!”
“Just watching the faces of the kids light up as they got to touch the animals was really amazing!”
“Being able to see what it takes to maintain the tanks was eye opening. Definitely something my kids and I will be talking about for a while!”
“I would recommend these overnights to anyone! Everything worked out perfectly for our group and we had such a blast!”
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring to my Overnight Adventure?
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping mat/pad (no air mattress or cots permitted)
- Clothing (pajamas, sweatshirt, slippers, etc.)
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
- Cameras with batteries
- Money for the gift shop
- Comfortable shoes (you will be on your feet a lot for tours)
What should I leave at home?
- Flashlights (safety flashlights are provided)
- Food and drinks
- Items of value (jewelry, iPods, etc.)
- Air mattresses or cots
Can I host a private overnight?
You certainly can! We host private overnights for groups of 20 or more on Monday and Tuesday evenings and groups of 50 or more any other day of the week. Dates are first come first served and based off of availability. If your group is not large enough to host a private overnight, we recommend you joining one of our open overnights throughout the year where there is no minimum when booking!
What is the cost?
The cost is $49.99/camper and $40.99/annual pass holder.
All prices and terms are subject to change without notice.
Where do I sleep?
You will sleep in either Shark Ray Bay Theater, The Gallery, Shark Tunnel or Coral Tunnel.
Sleeping locations will be expanded as needed and decided the night of your visit.
What activities are included in my Overnight Adventure?
During the evening, you will be captivated, education and entertained by all of the activities! Your evening will include the following:
- Backstage Animal Experiences
- Animal Encounters
- Tank feeding
- Guided tours
- Surrounded by Sharks or Penguin presentation
- Snack in the evening
- Breakfast in the morning
- 15% discount in the Newport Aquarium gift shop in the morning
What do I need to do in order to reserve my spot?
In order to reserve a spot in one of our open overnights or a private date, we need a registration form filled out with a non-refundable 25% deposit.
Final payment and final guest count is due 30 days prior to the event.
What time does it start and what time does it end?
The overnight starts with check-in at 7:30pm and ends the following morning at 9:00am.
Bedtime is normally around 12:00am.
Where do I park?
Overnight Adventure Program Guests will park in the Newport on the Levee Parking Garage. Please note that there is a small fee for the garage.
You will take the elevator up to level 1 and head to your left for the Newport Aquarium Main Entrance.
Is dinner provided?
We provide a snack in the evening and a light breakfast in the morning, so we do recommend you eating dinner prior to check-in at 7:30pm.
Is there an age requirement?
We do recommend that all participants are at least 6 years old.
There is no maximum age limit, so adults and parents are welcome to join!
What is the cancellation policy?
A non-refundable 25% deposit is due at the time your reservation is made.
Newport Aquarium reserves the right to cancel the event at any time. If your event is cancelled, you will be informed by phone as soon as possible and a full refund will be made within 30 days. No refunds will be issued unless Newport Aquarium cancels the program.
Any group that does not show up for their event will be billed for the full cost of the event.
Are adults allowed to stay with their children?
We recommend all groups have at least one adult with them during any of our overnights.
Any additional questions?
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Group Sales Department:
Fax: (859) 261-3300 (for paperwork return)