Animal Encounters & Tours

Make your Newport Aquarium visit even better with additional activities you can participate in throughout the day.
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Aquarium Adventurer Combo

This ticket includes general admission plus a Backstage Animal Experience.

Adults
(13+)
$34.99
Times:
Backstage Animal Experiences are available every day at 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.

Details:
Enjoy Newport Aquarium to its fullest with the Aquarium Adventurer Combo.

This ticket includes general admission plus a Backstage Animal Experience. General Admission gets you access to all of the Aquarium’s exhibits, shows and galleries, while the Backstage Animal Experience allows you to 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.

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.

All ages are welcome on this tour, but all participants must buy a ticket except for infant in arms.

Backstage Animal Experience

Go behind the gallery walls and discover what it takes to run our aquarium.

General Admission
$14.99
Times:
Backstage Animal Experiences are available every day at 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.

Details:
See Newport Aquarium like never before. 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.

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.

All ages are welcome on this tour, but all participants must buy a ticket except for infant in arms.

Penguin Encounters

 
Get up close and personal for this exclusive 20-minute encounter with our African penguins.

General Admission
$29.99
Times:
Penguin Encounters are available every day except Wednesday at 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm & 3:00pm

Details:
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.

All ages are welcome on this tour, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This experience is recommended for children ages 4 and older. All participants must buy a ticket except for infant in arms.