Behind-the-Scenes: Seahorse Tours
Venture behind the scenes for a one-hour private tour and explore the fascinating world of seahorses. Get a glimpse of seahorse babies, learn about Birch Aquarium's renowned breeding program, and understand what it takes to care for these unusual fish on this immersive behind-the-scenes tour!
Everything you need to know about Behind-the-Scenes: Seahorse Tours
Time: Offered Daily at 11:00 a.m.
Price: Member $80, Non Member $95. Aquarium admission included.
- When is the seahorse tour offered?
Offered daily at 11:00 a.m. This guided tour lasts one hour, and includes 30 minutes behind the scenes.
- What is the capacity of the seahorse tour?
We can accommodate up to 6 guests. Each guest must have a ticket for the tour.
- How do I purchase tickets?
Purchase tickets online, by phone at 858.534.3474 or onsite in the Guest Services Office. Tickets must be purchased at least 1 hour prior to start time.
- Is there an age restriction?
Guests must be at least 8 years of age to participate. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- Where and when do I meet to check in?
Present your Behind-the-Scenes ticket at our ticket booth when you first arrive to the aquarium. Participants meet in Smargon Courtyard 10 minutes before 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.
- What should I wear?
Guests must wear closed-toed shoes for this encounter. For you safety, sandals and heels are not allowed to be worn behind the scenes.
- Do I have to wear a face covering?
Yes. During the behind-the-scenes portion of the tour all staff and guests are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth — both indoors and out regardless of vaccination status.
If you have a medical or mental health condition, or disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering, please contact Guest Services before making your reservations.
- Will I be allowed to take pictures?
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.
- Can I reschedule or receive a refund for my behind-the-scenes tour experience?
Refunds are not available, however if canceled 24 hours before the start of the tour and space permits, it may be possible to reschedule to a future date. Please note: non-members would need to purchase general admission for their new tour 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?
Yes, but Birch Aquarium reserves the right to exclude service animals from these areas if they pose a direct threat to our animal population. Please note: access to behind-the-scenes areas requires stepping on foot bath pads which contain sanitizing chemicals that pose a hazard if ingested and should be rinsed off if skin contact occurs.
For other accommodation requests please contact Guest Services at email@example.com or 858.534.FISH (3474)