Backstage Animal Experience

Just one more new thing to see and do at Newport Aquarium! Step behind the scenes to see how our professionals and volunteers care for thousands of marine animals in a million gallons of salt and fresh water.

See the aquarium like never before. Go behind the gallery walls and discover what it takes to run our aquarium. You’ll explore dynamic work environments from diver stations to animal acclimation areas.

Join one of our seasoned guides as they share their personal stories about the day-to-day lives of our fascinating animals, and learn about our exciting research and conservation efforts. Along the way you’ll have a hands-on encounter with one of our Educational Outreach animals and see our largest tanks from a fresh perspective.

Backstage is a dynamic, working environment, so you never know what you will see. Each tour is unique and filled with new discoveries, from divers in fins to animals in transport. All ages are welcome on this tour. 

Times:

Monday - Sunday: 1:30 p.m. Additional session on Friday to Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

General Admission Price: $14.99
Annual Passholder Price: $11.99 *

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

Requirements:

  • Each guest must have their own ticket.
  • Children under 16 must have their own ticket and be accompanied by a full paying adult. These experiences are recommended for children ages 4 and older.
  • For Backstage Animal Experiences, adults may bring infants up to 25 pounds with them free of charge in a Snuggli-type front baby carrier. If you need one, we provide carriers in the lobby free of charge on a first come, first served basis.

Tours are limited. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive at least ten minutes early. The tours run on a strict schedule to allow the greatest amount of time for your experience. Late arrivals will forfeit their tickets. Tickets are non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled and do not include admission to the Newport Aquarium.

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