Behind the Scenes

Aquarist Apprentice

Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour, help prepare animal diets, and participate in some daily care and maintenance tasks. This program is a hands-on, up-close experience where your group can learn more about how an aquarium works.

Age: 10 and up, ages 10-14 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult
Fee: $20.00 per adult, $18.00 per youth ages 10-17 (includes general admission into the aquarium)
Program Length: 2 ½ hours
NC Aquarium Society Member Price: $12.00 per participant

Behind the Scenes Tour

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Aquarium? Come explore spaces for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and backstage access to exhibits.

Age: 8 and up, ages 8-14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Fee: $15.00 per adult, $13.00 per youth ages 8-17 (includes general admission into aquarium)
Program Length: 1 ½ hours
NC Aquarium Society Member Price: $8.00 per participant

All participants in Behind the Scenes programs must where closed-toe shoes during the program.

Visit our interactive calendar to find specific dates and times that special activities are offered for your family.

Pre-registration is required with a credit card number by calling 910-458-7468 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Programs require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or low enrollment.

Please be on time for reserved programs, cancellation is required 24 hours before the program. Participants are charged full program fees, regardless of attendance, if they do not call and cancel 24 hours in advance. For more information, please call the aquarium during office hours (Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm).

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