Learn more about what it takes to care for our collection of animals and to operate a public aquarium by adding a behind-the-scenes experience to your Aquarium visit!

For more information or to make a reservation, call the Guest Services Office at  (757) 385-0300.


Sea Turtles Behind-the-Scenes

Mon, Wed, Fri at 1:00

Go above the Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium to observe aquarists conducting a feeding and behavioral training session with the sea turtles. (45 minutes)

Fee: $15 Members; $20 Non-members
Restrictions: Participants must be at least 48" tall, and all children under age 13 must be accompanied by a paying participating adult.


Above & Beyond

Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun at 12:30

Take a peek at the "inner workings" of a public aquarium and find out how we care for our fish and other marine animals during a tour of selected aquarium service areas in the Bay & Ocean Pavilion. (45 minutes)

Fee: $15 Members; $20 Non-members
Restrictions: Participants must be at least 48" tall, and all children under age 13 must be accompanied by a paying participating adult..


Seals Behind-the-Scenes

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 2:30pm (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Visit the seal holding area to meet harbor seals up close, learn about their care from the mammal care specialists, and observe a behavioral training session. (45 minutes)

Fee: $45 Members; $55 Non-members
Restrictions: Participants must be at least 3 years old, and all children under age 13 must be accompanied by a paying participating adult.


Seal Splash

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 am; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:00am and 1:30pm (through September 1, 2014)

Advanced reservations required – call for times

Get in the water with the harbor seals during a behavioral training session led by the Aquarium's mammal care specialists. This unique program includes a discussion about seals and their care, an opportunity to touch these engaging creatures, a souvenir T-shirt and photo CD, and member privileges for the day. (90 minutes)

Fee: $160 Members; $175 Non-members
Restrictions: Participants must be at least 8 years old and 52" tall, and all children under age 13 must be accompanied by a paying participating adult. Each session is limited to 4 participants.