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Animals Up-Close

Encounters with the animals that call Mystic Aquarium home

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Experience Mystic Aquarium like never before! This exclusive behind-the-seas tour will give you an inside look at how we care for aquatic animals. Our knowledgeable experts will guide you through areas that are normally off-limits to the public, revealing the secrets of our world-class animal care practices. You'll have the opportunity to visit places like our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital* and Milne Center, where we house off-exhibit animals and rehabilitate rescued sea turtles. You'll get a guided tour from an experienced member of our team, learn about our intricate life support systems, and more! End the tour with VIP seats for the California sea lion show. With a maximum of 8 people per group, this tour offers an intimate and personalized experience that you'll remember forever!


  • Maximum capacity is 8 participants. Each participant must have their own tour ticket.
  • Participants must be age 6 or older.
  • Children 6 to 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult over the age of 18.
  • Duration of the program is approximately 1.75 hours.
  • Waiver must be completed before participating (a link will be provided in the confirmation email).
  • Guests are encouraged to bring a water bottle.
  • This tour takes place both indoors and outdoors; guests should prepare for the current weather as necessary.

This encounter is ADA compliant.

*In the event of a medical procedure happening in the veterinary hospital, guests will visit the Aquarium’s clinical and water quality laboratory.

Peak Season Cost

Peak season is between June 01 - August 31, 2024

Members: 70
Non-members: 75

Off-Peak Cost

Members: 55
Non-members: 60

(Aquarium admission required but not included)


1.75 hours

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