School Group Overnight Adventures

More awe-inspiring than sleeping under the stars, Newport Aquarium's Private Overnight Adventure Programs allow your group of 20 or more* 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:

  • Behind the Scenes tour
  • Guided aquarium tour & scavenger hunt
  • Animal encounters
  • Evening snack and hot breakfast
  • 15% discount in the Newport Aquarium gift shop

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 859-815-1478 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.

* 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. Must be 6 yrs old to participate Sleeping locations are assigned upon arrival. 

Less than 20 people, or interested in booking your group for a public overnight adventure?

If you do not have enough people to do a Private Overnight Adventure, public overnights are held throughout the year.  Click here to view the dates and themes of our most current events.

Upcoming Overnight Adventures for Scouts:

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 $54.99/camper and $45.99/annual pass holder.

All prices and terms are subject to change without notice.

Where do I sleep?

You will sleep in one of the aquarium's many exhibits. Sleeping locations are assigned 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:

  • Behind The Scenes Tour
  • Animal Encounters
  • Tank feeding
  • Guided tours
  • 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?

To reserve a spot in one of our open overnights, tickets can be purchased directly from the Newport Aquarium website, using the 'Buy Now' button on this page.

For a private date, please fill out the attached registration form 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.

** Please arrive 15 minutes prior to check-in **

Bedtime is normally around 11:30pm.

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?

All participants must be at least 6 years old. Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

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?

All groups must have at least one adult with them for the duration of ny overnight. We recommend at least one adult for every 10 children under 18 years old. 

Any additional questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Group Sales Department:

Fax: (859) 261-3300 (for paperwork return)