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Animals Up-Close

Encounters with the animals that call Mystic Aquarium home

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Get up close with one of our African penguins as our experts share interesting facts about their behavior, their care, their plight in the wild, and Mystic Aquarium’s role in the conservation of this beloved endangered species.   

Each participant will also have the opportunity to pose for a photo with the penguin!

Important Details

  • Each individual participant must have their own ticket for the program. 
  • No flip-flops, open back, open toe, or high-heeled shoes. Sneakers are recommended. Please be advised that feet may get wet.
  • Must be at least 6 years of age to participate.
  • Children 6 to 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult over the age of 18.
  • Duration of program is approximately 60 minutes.
  • There are 10 tickets available for this program, and participating group may be comprised of multiple parties.
  • Waiver must be completed before participating (a link will be provided in the confirmation email).
  • For the safety of our penguins and seals, please refrain from handling or interacting with other avian species prior to attending Penguin or Seal Programs. Please refrain from wearing clothing or footwear that has been worn around other avian species while attending Penguin or Seal Programs.

Peak Season Cost

Peak season is between June 01 - September 30, 2024

Members: $215
Non-members: $240

Off-Peak Cost

Members: $195
Non-members: $220

(Aquarium admission required but not included)


60 minutes

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