Get Up Close and in the Water with our Harbor Seals
The Virginia Aquarium is the only one of the few places in the United States where you can get in the water to interact with harbor seals!
This 90-minute program takes you behind the scenes in the Harbor Seal area where you’ll learn about marine mammals, animal adaptations, training techniques, and efforts to conserve these unique animals and the environment we share with them. You’ll also meet a friendly seal or two in their private quarters, and observe a brief animal training session just prior to the in-water experience. During the 15-20 minute in-water interactive portion of this program, you’ll put on neoprene or rubber chest waders and a life vest (over your casual clothes), and enter the water with a trained animal professional (the water is about waist-high for most adults). Aquarium staff will walk you to a specially designed submerged platform to reach out and touch, communicate, and learn about the beauty and grace of our Harbor Seals. The seal will follow the target you’re holding, say “hello” (in seal, of course), and even wave to you. It’s the experience of a lifetime for the whole family!
Call Aquarium Guest Services at (757) 385-0300 for more information and reservations.
- Children must be at least 8 years old and 52 inches tall to participate.
- Participants aged 8-12 must have a paying, participating adult with them for the program.
- Participants aged 13-17 must have an adult sign the necessary forms.
- Reservations must be made in advance.
- Registered participants will receive details about what to wear.
|Aquarium Members (ages 8 and up)
|General Public (ages 8 and up)
Price includes entrance to the Aquarium with member benefits, t-shirt for each participant and photo CD for each participant.
Dates & Times
Seal Splashes available every day (including holidays) except Thursdays.
May 25, 2013 - September 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Reservation must be completed at least 30 minutes before scheduled program. Times subject to change.
Please call (757) 385-0300 to make reservations and payment.
Check back for fall program schedule.
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