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Sea Lion Encounters

Sea Lions Up Close
Marine Theater Guest Star

Sea Lions Up Close

$119 Non-members, $109 members

During this up-close encounter, you’ll not only meet one of our resident California sea lions during a 20-minute private training session under the guidance of one of our animal care professionals! This approximately 45-minute program includes an exclusive guided tour of the Foxwoods Marine Theater. Discover each of our rescued sea lion’s unique stories and gain an understanding of training programs, animal biology and natural history plus current conservation issues and how you can help make a difference.

Restrictions: Must be at least eight years old; ages 8-12 must be accompanied by a paying participating adult. Maximum of two guests per encounter.

Seals up Close Conditions Of Participation

Encounter occurs rain or shine and is available January through April, November and December

Sea Lion Bark
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Marine Theater Guest Star

$119 Non-members, $109 Members


While ocean conservation is always in the spotlight here at Mystic Aquarium, during this exciting encounter program, you’ll be able to share the limelight with one of our incredible California sea lion species ambassadors.  And, although a VIP seat has been reserved just for you – our special guest – you won’t need it for long!

Join our team of animal care professionals in highlighting critical conservation initiatives during one of the live Foxwoods Marine Theater shows.  Step on stage with a California sea lion and its trainer to showcase a behavior important in the animal’s healthcare and enrichment. 


  • Enjoy VIP seats and be a star during a live California Sea Lion Show
  • Direct an important animal behavior
  • Help share vital conservation messaging with up to 1,000 audience members
  • Learn about sea lion biology, conservation, research and more
  • Commemorate the moment with a photo on your phone or camera

Restrictions: This program is available for ONE participant ONLY.

Children must be at least 8 years old to participate. Guests are required to wear a personal flotation device during the duration of their program. To ensure guest safety during the animal encounter, Mystic Aquarium staff will first discuss safety protocols with program participants. An Aquarium staff member will at all times be responsible for monitoring guest conduct and behavior.

Marine Theater Guest Star Conditions Of Participation

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