Meet Penguins Living On The Beach!

Be Transported To South Africa

Take a journey halfway across the world to Cape Town, South Africa to meet a colony of African Penguins living on the beach. This all-new private penguin encounter takes place in their newly renovated and expanded habitat where you’ll step right into the enclosure with a colony of 11 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, our house photographer will be there to get your perfect pose when you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to touch a penguin!

This all-new private penguin encounter is a buy-out experience for one single friends and family group of up to 5 people for one group price. Encounters are available Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm and 1:30pm and last approximately 40 minutes. Additional days and or times may be available when scheduled more than two weeks in advance.


For a limited time, this new Penguin Encounter experience is only available to Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders and at the special passholder-only rate of $349.99*. Call 859-815-1429 to book your Penguin Encounter today!

NEW Penguin Encounter Includes:

  • Private Penguin House visit for up to 5 guests
  • An educational interactive presentation by an Animal Experience Specialist
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to touch an African Penguin
  • A commemorative 4x6 framed group photo souvenir

For Your Safety:

Closed-toed shoes are required. Rubber boots or other waterproof shoes are encouraged.

All participants must be 6 years of age or older.

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

*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