Aquarium staff target training with a turtle while young kids watch _ Aquarium Experiences | Behind The Scenes Tour

Sneak a peek behind the scenes at the Virginia Aquarium!

Encounter the animals more closely and learn about what happens in the nonpublic areas - from maintaining state-of-the-art technology to the important work of animal care and training!

Tour Details

  • These tours are add-on experiences and are not included with your Aquarium Admission. We recommend that you purchase your tour when you purchase (or reserve) your admission as space is limited.
  • Each program runs for about 45 minutes.
  • Participants must be at least 8 years old.
  • Participants must be at least 48" tall.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying, participating adult (18+).
  • Phones, cameras, and other loose articles are NOT permitted on the tours.
  • Participants must be able to navigate stairs for the Komodo and Shark Behind-the-Scenes experiences.

Available Tours

Komodo Dragons

$55 (Members $50)

Venture behind the scenes of Restless Planet to view a feeding with Earth's largest lizard species. Learn about how our three Komodo dragons are target-trained and why this is important to the safety of the dragons and handlers alike. Participants must be able to navigate stairs.

Book A Komodos Tour

Sea Turtles

$30 (Members $25)

From atop the Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium, learn from our team about threatened sea turtle species and the Aquarium’s conservation efforts. Hear about the resident sea turtles in our care – their diets, unique behaviors, and the stories behind their journeys to the Virginia Aquarium.

Book A Sea Turtles Tour


$30 (Members $25)

Experience our sharks from a new perspective above the Norfolk Canyon exhibit, where our aquarists will share their knowledge of sharks and facts unique to our residents. Learn about the Norfolk Canyon itself, lying deep in the Atlantic Ocean nearly 60 miles off the coast. Participants must be able to navigate stairs.

Book A Sharks Tour

Life Support

$30 (Members $25)

The Virginia Aquarium is home to a massive network of water processing infrastructure. Learn about the water quality process and filtration systems behind the Chesapeake Bay aquarium, a 50,000-gallon exhibit that cycles 600 gallons of water per minute.

Book A Life Support Tour