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-FISH (3474).


Sea Turtles Behind-the-Scenes

Mon, Wed, Fri at 1:00pm

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. Must be able to climb stairs.


Above & Beyond

Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun at 12:30pm

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. Must be able to climb stairs.


Seals Behind-the-Scenes

Monday through Saturday at 2:00pm (May 29th-September 4th). Must be booked by 12:30pm.

Ever wonder what it takes to care for or train our harbor seals? Participants will venture behind the scenes and into the harbor seal building where they will speak with one of the Aquarium’s professional mammal trainers and meet one of our harbor seals! Guests will learn about these and other amazing marine mammals, their adaptations, our training techniques, and efforts to conserve marine animals and their environment. 

Fee: $45 Members; $55 Non-members; Experience lasts approximately 45 min. 
Restrictions: Participants must be at least 8 years old and children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying, participating adult (18 years of older). Participants must sign a waiver before the program begins, as this program visits slippery areas with animals in close proximity. Must be able to climb stairs.