The New England Aquarium’s immersive Animal Encounter programs take your visit to a whole new level!

Whether you perch on top of the four-story Giant Ocean Tank to feed the animals or go behind the scenes of your favorite exhibits, be sure to bring your curiosity and questions on your Animal Encounter.

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These unique opportunities are designed for the Aquarium superfan with a sense of adventure and an unquenchable curiosity about marine animals.

How to Book

Our popular Animal Encounter programs fill up quickly. Be sure to reserve your space! Call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206 before your visit to book a memorable up-close experience.

Molting Season

A note about our marine mammal programs: Your preferred date may not be available due to the seals’ molting season. Seals molt once every year, and the molting phase can last about a month. Please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206 to check availability for all programs involving the seals and sea lions.