Explore the realm of the Giant Pacific Octopus and get a slimy handshake! The Octopus Encounter includes a behind-the-scenes tour and educational information about the care of this amazing invertebrate.
Pricing: Encounters do not include admission to the Aquarium. Purchase tickets online.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m.
- $35 for Aquarium members
- $40 for non-members.
Participants: Ages 8 and up. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult over 21 years of age. Maximum number of participants per encounter: 10.
Dates and Times: To see all upcoming animal encounter dates and times, visit our Events Calendar.
Note: Shellfish exposure possible. Please notify tour guide if you have a shellfish allergy.
Behind the Scenes Tours
How does the Aquarium care for a swarm of stinging jellies, a five-hundred pound California Sea Lion and dozens of toothy sharks? Travel behind the scenes with us to explore the ins and outs of caring for over 20,000 animals everyday. The tour lasts 30 minutes.
Pricing: Tours do not include admission to the Aquarium.
- Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 p.m.
- $10 for Aquarium members
- $15 for non-members
Participants: Ages 6 and up. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult over 21 years of age. Maximum number of participants per tour: 15.
Dates and Times: To book your Behind the Scenes Tour for an upcoming visit CLICK HERE.
Special Requirements: This tour includes a trip to the top of the Passages of the Deep exhibit requiring participants to be able to climb 2 flights of stairs unaided.