Explore The AquariumEvents & Programs — Animal Interactions

NEW Sea Otter Encounter Program

Have you ever wanted to meet a sea otter? Now you can go behind the scenes and enjoy an exclusive animal experience with one of Georgia Aquarium's energetic and playful sea otters!

Click the tab above to learn about our Dolphin Encounter (Available Now!)

Book your Sea Otter Encounter today!

  • Sea Otter Encounter Program
  • Frequently Asked Questions


Sea Otter Encounter Program Description:
With our unique sea otter encounter experience, you can go behind the scenes at the otters’ home in the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest Gallery and interact with these charismatic animals. Over the course of approximately 40 minutes, you’ll enjoy an exclusive tour of the sea otter facility and a special educational presentation on sea otters, then help prepare a sea otter meal, and finally, participate in an exciting sea otter training session alongside Georgia Aquarium’s own animal trainers. The otter encounter experience offers exclusive, up close and personal animal encounters with sea otters while learning more about the Aquarium's rescue, research and conservation initiatives, which includes providing much-needed homes for orphaned and stranded sea otters! You’ll even take home a professional photo of your special and meaningful experience, courtesy of Georgia Aquarium.


Non-Member: $59.95 plus tax per person in addition to Total Ticket general admission. Price includes a souvenir photo.*
Buy Now

Member: $53.95 plus tax per person. Price includes a souvenir photo.*
Buy Now

*Price DOES NOT INCLUDE general admission access to the aquarium or to the AT&T Dolphin Tales show. Cell phones and cameras are not allowed in the encounter area.

To Purchase:
When purchasing your Total Ticket admission, select the Sea Otter Encounter and time under the Expand Your Experience section of the shopping cart.

All participants must be age 7 and older. All guests under 16 years must be accompanied by a paying adult. There is a maximum of 3 children per participating adult. All participants must have the program liability waiver and animal interactive program guidelines signed and dated prior to participating in the program. Guests under the age of 18 must have the program liability waiver and animal interactive program guidelines signed and dated by their parent or court appointed legal guardian. Space is currently limited to only 5 participants per each scheduled program.

Daily* at 10:30a.m. and 1:45p.m.

*Available times can be reviewed online or by contacting the Call Center at 404-581-4000.

Guests with Special Needs:
Georgia Aquarium makes every effort to accommodate guests with special needs. Please be aware that to participate in this program, guests must be able to navigate the animal habitat spaces with minimal assistance, and must be able to understand and take direction in English from staff members. To ensure the best experience, please contact the Call Center at 404.581.4000 to discuss your individual needs and to reserve your encounter.

Date Change Policy:
A date may be changed free of charge if the change is made more than 14 days in advance of the original date of your visit. If the change is made less than 14 days prior to the original date of your visit, a $20 change fee per ticket will be charged.
No changes can be made less than 48 hours prior to the date of your original visit, and the guest will be charged the full program cost.

Cancellations and no-shows will not be refunded or rescheduled. Guests arriving late (after the required program check-in time) will not be permitted to participate in the program and will not be refunded or rescheduled. We encourage guests to arrive at the Aquarium with plenty of time to park, enter, and check into the program. Please plan accordingly.

To change your reservation, please contact the Georgia Aquarium Call Center at 404.581.4000.

Reserve your spot today online or by calling 404-581-4000.


Connect with Georgia Aquarium around the web