Sleeping with the Fishes

Spend a night with the fish at the Aquarium. Participants will learn about reptiles, sharks and will make their very own Gyotaku T-shirt. Sleep in front of our 235,000-gallon Cape Fear Shoals tank as sharks, eels, and other fishes swim close by.

Eat breakfast and tour the Aquarium before it is open to the public. Snacks, craft supplies, and breakfast are provided.

Minimum number of participants: 10
Maximum number of participants: 30
Cost: $45.00 per participant with all food and snacks included. (Adults and Children)

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Reservation Dates

The Sleeping with the Fishes Program is available to schedule for groups any day that the Aquarium is open except for when the facility is booked for other events or no staff are available. If your group is interested in reserving a date, please put a plan together soon as weekends fill quickly. All Saturday nights cannot be booked until six weeks out from the date. During the months of April 1 – June 30, October 1-31, Friday and Saturday nights cannot be booked until six weeks out from the date.

Overnights are limited to a maximum of 30 participants and require a minimum of 10 to reserve a date.
To inquire about dates or for more information about the overnight program, please email or call (910) 772-0530. Please include the date(s) you are interested in, your name, group name, phone number, email address, and estimated group size.


Your reservation is not confirmed until your deposit has been received. Deposits are due one week after you receive our confirmation letter in the mail. All deposits are $100.00 and nonrefundable. Deposits can be paid with organization checks, personal checks or over the phone with a credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Nonpayment of deposit will be viewed as canceling the reservation and the date will be open to other groups.


We require a payment of $350.00, which is the minimum cost (10 participants) for sleepovers one month from your scheduled event. You must be paid in full for all of your confirmed attendees one week before your scheduled event. Payments will be used to determine your final number, which we used for ordering food and staffing. Additional attendees may be added to your reservation after this point provided that payment accompanies these additions.


If you need to cancel a reservation, your deposit can be applied to a new date provided that you give us at least two week’s notice. There is no refund for individual members of your group who cancel after your final numbers are determined.

To schedule a Sleeping with the Fishes program for your group, please contact Special Activities Coordinator at 910-772-0530 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.