Penguin Encounter

Clock 30 min People Ages 6+ Pin Admissions Lobby


Ticket price:
$35.95 per person


Ticket price:
$35.95 per person
Waddle this way to meet your favorite feathered friend.

They are ready to meet you too! Have you been following the progress on Instagram? We’ve had a chance to show how we care for young African penguins, like Dracula. Join our keepers for a one-of-a-kind up close experience.

About This Encounter

  • 30 minutes. Program length includes travel time to walk from check-in to the indoor encounter site.
  • All participants must be age 6 and over.
  • Children 6-14 years old must be accompanied by a paid adult chaperone (18+) (max of 3 children to 1 adult).
  • 15 people max per session.
  • We cannot guarantee which penguin you will meet at the encounter. Selection is at the keeper’s discretion.
  • 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.
  • Participants may come into contact with saltwater and may get wet during the encounter.
  • Program is limited to paid participants only. Other family or friends or children are not permitted at the program.
  • MASK POLICY: Masks are welcome to be worn, based on personal preference. For the health and safety of our animals, WCS reserves the right to implement mask requirements for indoor programs at the time of the session. If you do not have a mask with you, staff will have available. Please remember, guests and staff may continue to wear masks for a variety of reasons. Your kindness and consideration of others is greatly appreciated
  • Plan plenty of time for arrival to the Aquarium! This program begins at 1:30pm. In June, July and August, be sure to plan to arrive to the park at least 2 hours prior to program start time. If driving, you WILL experience traffic and parking delays. Programs are limited capacity and we cannot reschedule or refund guests that do not show up in time for their reservation.

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.

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.


Purchase Wild Encounters through the Member Portal to receive a 10% discount. Must present valid Membership card at program check-in.

Orders must be purchased through the Member Portal to receive the discounted price. Not applicable towards prior purchases.

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