Behind The Scenes Tour at Ocean Wonders: Sharks!

Clock 45 min People Ages 6+ Pin Admissions Lobby


Ticket price:
$39.95 per person


Ticket price:
$39.95 per person
Grab your all-access pass and unlock the secrets of this award-winning exhibit!

In this small-group session you'll head through the keeper-only doors to get one-of-a-kind views, and discover insider information of our work with amazing marine animals. Enjoy a stop at our private touch pool for an exclusive VIP animal experience.

About This Encounter

  • 45 minutes.
  • All participants must be age 6 and over.
  • Each child 6-7 years old must be accompanied by a paid adult (18+)- 1:1 ratio required.
  • Children 8-14 years old must be accompanied by a paid adult (18+) - max of 4 children to 1 adult.
  • 12 people maximum on this program.
  • Participants will come in contact with saltwater and may get wet during the program.
  • Tour includes walking/standing for 45 minutes, plus multiple flights of stairs. Wheelchair accessible routes can be arranged. Contact in advance for accessibility planning.
  • Areas may be wet. Comfortable clothing and non-slip sneakers are recommended, as you will walk across wet floors and footbaths. Do not wear high-heeled shoes.
  • Tour areas have loud noises. Please be mindful of sensory sensitivities if considering this experience.
  • Over-ear headsets with audio devices are used for tours. Personal wired headphones or wired ear buds with standard jack plug can be brought by guests to used.
  • ALERGY ALERT: Please be aware that animals are fed fish and shellfish in these areas. Notify staff in advance if you have a related allergy.
  • Tour begins at the Aquarium entrance Lobby and ends at Ocean Wonders exhibit exit.
  • Program is limited to paid participants only. Other family, friends or children are not permitted at the program.
  • PLAN PLENTY OF TIME FOR ARRIVAL TO THE AQUARIUM! This program is offered in morning and afternoon times. In June, July and August, be sure to plan to arrive to the park at least 2 hours prior to program start time if beginning after 11am. 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. Tour starts promptly on time, and once group leaves the check-in area, late arrivals cannot join.
  • BE SURE TO REVIEW ALL WILD ENCOUNTERS RULES AND POLICIES. By booking a ticket, you are agreeing to all terms and conditions.

*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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