Meet A Colony Of African Penguins

Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity To Touch A Penguin!

Take a journey halfway across the world to Cape Town, South Africa to meet a colony of African Penguins living on the beach. Visit their newly renovated and expanded habitat where you’ll step right into the enclosure with nearly a dozen African Penguins! Learn all about these amazing penguin ambassadors and their natural environment as you watch them waddle, call, preen and play just inches away from you! Bring your camera to capture all their adorable antics. Plus, you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to touch a penguin!

This unique and intimate experience is limited to 10 people per encounter. Encounters sell out fast and it is recommended you purchase your tickets as far in advance as possible.

Penguin Encounter Tickets are $59.99* and Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders receive an exclusive 15% discount.

Encounters are available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm and 1:30pm and last approximately 30 minutes.

Penguin Encounter Includes:

  • Entry to the African Penguin Exhibit where you’ll be surrounded by a colony of Penguins!
  • Interactive presentation delivered by an Animal Experience Specialist.
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to touch an African Penguin!

*Price does not include sales tax or admission to Newport Aquarium.

Things to Know

Thanks For Supporting Penguins!

Your Penguin Encounter participation helps support the animals in our care and to support our conservation partner SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds). SANCCOB’s primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds – especially endangered species like the African Penguin.

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.

Proud Sponsor of the Penguin House


For Your Safety:

Closed-toed shoes are required. Rubber boots, other waterproof shoes or shoes without laces are encouraged.

All participants must be 6 years of age or older.

Participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.