Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Step beyond the glass and take a fully-guided adventure behind the scenes to discover all that it takes to care for a million gallons of water and thousands of animals every day! You’ll have exclusive access to staff-only areas as you see some of the complex machinery, filtration systems and miles of pipes that keep water flowing through the exhibits. Plus, learn all about animal enrichment and see some of their favorite toys and games. You’ll even get hands-on in the Kitchen as you help prepare a tasty enrichment treat for the animals of the Amazon Tunnel and have the opportunity to touch one of the aquatic ambassador animals!

Tickets are limited for this unique experience. Tours sell out fast so it is recommended you purchase your tickets in advance.


Behind-The-Scenes Tours are approximately 60 Minutes and include:

  • Exclusive access behind-the-scenes led by an experienced guide.
  • An immersive look at many key areas like tank filtration, veterinary lab, dive station, animal food prep kitchen and more!
  • Hands on animal enrichment activity
  • Opportunity to touch an aquatic ambassador animal

Behind-The-Scenes Tours are generally available every Wednesday – Saturday at 1:15pm. Sometimes additional dates and times are added. Check for availability when you get your tickets online or by phone.

Tickets are $29.99. Price does not include sales tax or admission to Newport Aquarium.

Newport Aquarium Silver Annual Members receive a 10% discount, Gold Annual Members and Annual Passholders receive a 15% discount and Platinum Annual Members receive a 20% discount.

Things To Know

Sensory Sensitivity Advisory:

Certain behind-the-scenes areas are noisy and may be alarming to individuals with audio sensitivity. In addition, there will be variations in smell and lighting levels.

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.

For Your Safety:

  • A release waiver must be signed by participant or participant’s parent or guardian prior to entry.
  • All participants must be 8 years of age or older.
  • Anyone under age 17 must be accompanied by a paid participating parent or guardian.
  • Strollers, Wagons and large personal items are not permitted on this tour.
  • Instructions from your tour guide must be followed at all times.

Behind-The-Scenes Tour



SEA thousands of aquatic creatures, TOUCH amazing sea life and EXPLORE the wonders of an underwater world. Plus, get beyond the glass for even more adventure when you bundle your Newport Aquarium Admission with a Behind-The-Scenes Tour!

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Silver Annual Members receive a 10% discount, Gold Annual Members & Annual Passholders receive a 15% discount and Platinum Annual Members receive a 20% discount. You will be prompted to login to your online account, or create an online account to access your discount.

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If you have already purchased your admission tickets or have complimentary tickets, you have the option to just purchase Behind-The-Scenes Tour Only tickets without purchasing admission.

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