Penguin Encounter

Ever wonder what it’s like to be up close to a penguin?

Now you can find out with Penguin Encounter, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, 45-minutes of  interactive opportunities to have a close up encounter with an African penguin. Also learn how our animal experts care for these playful birds.

Experience the inner workings of the Penguin Pavilion* Exhibit and learn how the staff cares for the exhibit’s current residents. And then enter Penguin Pre-school where you will meet one of the Aquarium’s newest arrivals and stars of the Encounter – one of three penguin chicks that will waddle, swim, and even shake its tail feathers! After this unforgettable interaction, photos are allowed to capture this unique meet-and-greet moment forever.

Click on the time below to purchase:

July 1 – Labor Day: 11:00am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm (Daily)
All Other Times: 1:30pm (Daily) + 3:30pm (Weekends & Holidays)

To Purchase the 11am Penguin Encounter:

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To Purchase the 1:30pm or 3:30pm Penguin Encounter:




$55.00 (Aquarium Members: $50.00)*
72-hour cancellation, within 72 hours, no refund – Aquarium credit only.
*Note: General Aquarium Admission  required and cost is separate. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Children under 5 are not permitted and space is limited so, reservations are suggested in advance.

Register by phone at 631.208.9200, ext. 426 

Guests will meet at the “Aquatic Adventures Meet Here” sign at the main entrance (next to Turtle Bay) at least 15 minutes prior to Encounter


*The Penguin Pavilion part of the Encounter is NOT handicap accessible. If any member of your party is in a wheelchair, please call us at 631.208.9200, ext. 246 to discuss options. 

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