Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity

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 might even get the opportunity to touch one!

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

Penguin Encounters last approximately 30 minutes and include:

  • Entry to the African Penguin Exhibit where you’ll be surrounded by a colony of Penguins!
  • Interactive presentation delivered by an Animal Experience Specialist.
  • Opportunity to take photos.

Penguin Encounters are generally available Thursday through Tuesday at 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm. Sometimes additional dates and times are added. Check for additional availability when you get your tickets online or by phone.


Tickets are $59.99. 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

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:

  • A release waiver must be signed by participant or participant’s parent or guardian prior to entry.
  • All participants must be 6 years of age or older.
  • Anyone under age 17 must be accompanied by a paid participating parent or guardian.
  • Everyone must wear rubber boots provided by Newport Aquarium to participate. It is recommended that participants wear socks.

Penguin Encounter Tickets

Admission Or Annual Pass + Penguin Encounter

Admission Or Annual Pass + Penguin Encounter

To purchase general admission tickets or Annual Passes plus Penguin Encounter tickets, please call 1-800-406-3474 and we’d be happy to help you! You’ll pick from available Penguin Encounter days and times, then choose your aquarium visit time. You can visit the aquarium before or after your Penguin Encounter.

Penguin Encounter Annual Pass Discount

Penguin Encounter Annual Pass Discount

Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders receive an exclusive 15% discount! You will be prompted to login to your online account, or create an online account to access your Annual Passholder discount.

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Penguin Encounter Only

Penguin Encounter Only

If you have already purchased your admission tickets or have complimentary tickets, you have the option to just purchase Penguin Encounter tickets without purchasing admission.

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