Behind the Scenes Tours

Penguin Tour

Little Blue Penguins explores its habitat.
When Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays | 1:30 - 2:30pm


Discover what it takes to care for the world’s smallest penguins and learn how you can help protect this amazing animal. During this tour, you’ll venture into our Penguin Care and Conservation Center, chat with a member of our animal care team and meet our Little Blue Penguins!

Aquarium admission included. Tickets must be purchased at least 1 hour prior to start time. Purchase tickets by phone at 858.534.3474 or onsite in the Guest Services Office. Guests must be at least 8 years of age to participate. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour Capacity

We can accommodate up to 6 guests. Each guest must have a ticket for the tour. 

Age Restriction

Guests must be at least 8 years of age to participate. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Check in location
  • Present your Behind-the-Scenes ticket at our ticket booth when you first arrive to the aquarium.
  • Meet in Smargon Courtyard 10 minutes before the scheduled tour — look for large floor sign indicating the tour meeting place.
  • After the tour concludes, you are welcome to explore the rest of the aquarium.
Closed-toed she requirement

Guests must wear closed-toed shoes for this encounter. For your safety, sandals and heels are not allowed to be worn behind the scenes.


Only during the first half of the tour; once the tour goes behind-the-scenes, photography and video recording is not allowed. No exceptions. 

May I bring large bags or backpacks on the tour?

Large bags and backpacks are not permitted on the tour.  They may be left in the Visitor Services Office during the tour.


Refunds are not available, however, if canceled 24 hours before the start of the tour and space permits, it may be possible to reschedule for a future date.

Is this tour ada accessible

Most (but not all) behind-the-scenes areas are ADA accessible. In some areas a wheelchair can access but will not be able to turn around and will need to back out to exit the space. Some tours may include small ladders and/or stairs with a few steps which are not ADA accessible.  Be prepared for dim lighting and potentially wet floors.

are service animals permitted on the behind-the-scenes tour?

Service animals are not permitted in our Penguin Behind-the-Scenes space.  Please reach out to our Guest Services Team to discuss accommodations at or 858.534.3474 before booking your tour.


For other accommodation requests please contact Guest Services at or 858.534.FISH (3474) 


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