Sea Lion Encounter

Clock 25 min People Ages 6+ Pin Admissions Lobby

Select Your Tickets

Ticket price:
$39.95 per person

Select Your Tickets

Ticket price:
$39.95 per person
Sea Lion Encounters are seasonal. Join us in the Spring!

Get up close and personal with our charismatic pinnipeds.

You never forget your first kiss! In our exclusive small-group session you’ll come within-a-whisker of our sea lion star, while learning about this dynamic species and current conservation challenges. A souvenir photo of your close encounter is included.

About This Encounter

  • All participants must be age 6 and over
  • Child Age 6-7: Must be joined by one non-paid adult (18+) chaperone. Chaperone and child will be in photo together. Only chaperone can receive a kiss.
  • Child Age 8-14: Will take photo alone (and can receive kiss), but must be accompanied by one adult chaperone (18+) to the program. Chaperone can be a non-paid or paid participant. No more than 1 non-paid chaperone per child. Max of 3 children to 1 chaperone.
  • This up-close animal experience will be captured by our photographer. One professional photo print is included with ticket. Additional photos available for purchase.
  • Up close photo does not have to be a “kiss”. There are other fun ways to pose alongside our sea lion celebrity!
  • 10 people per session max
  • Allergy Alert: Please be aware that animals are fed fish and shellfish during this encounter. Notify our staff in advance if you have a related allergy.

* This ticket is for the program ONLY and does not serve as admission into the aquarium. Must have a valid WCS Membership or separate admission ticket in order to enter the New York Aquarium. Tickets or Membership can be purchased in advance online, or upon arrival at aquarium entrance.

Be sure to adhere to the age restrictions and chaperone policies. Due to limited capacity, tickets are final sale and errors based on age requirements will not be refunded. Program is limited to paid participants and specific chaperones only. Other family/friends/children are not permitted at the program.


Use code MEMBERVIP at checkout for 10% off. Must present valid Membership card at program check-in.

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