Come Play with Penguins

Go behind the scenes of our Cold Water Quest gallery for an up-close-and-personal penguin encounter. You’ll learn all about how we care for them, as well as our conservation initiatives — all of which are supported by your ticket dollars and participation in this 30-minute program.


For the safety of the animals, guests, and staff, all Animal Program participants will be required to:

  •  Wear a facial covering over mouth and nose AT ALL TIMES.
  • Upon arrival have temperature checked and complete a questionnaire to assess recent illness and/or exposure to COVID.

 Should there be a COVID risk identified, Georgia Aquarium reserves the right to reschedule participants for a later date.

  • If you have had known exposure to a person who has tested positive for Covid 19, we ask that you reschedule your Animal Encounter for at least two weeks in the future. Rescheduling for this reason will not incur any additional charges or fees.
  • All participants will be asked to take a short survey prior to their encounter or program to determine if they have had contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid 19. If that is confirmed, participants will be rescheduled for at least two weeks in the future without any additional charges or fees.

Minimum age to participate in the program is 7 years old. All guests 15 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult.  Limit 3 children 15 years old and under per each participating adult. 

All participants must be ticketed for the encounter. Parents or court appointed legal guardians must sign program liability waiver and animal interactive program guidelines for guests under 18.

You'll Get To...

  • Meet a Penguin

    Under trainer-supervision, you'll get to see an African penguin.

  • Learn from a Trainer

    You'll learn about this endangered species, their natural habitats and our preservation efforts.

  • Take Home a Pic

    You'll get a professional pic with a penguin, so you'll never forget your experience.

See a Penguin Encounter in Action

My husband and I participated in a penguin encounter. It was a great experience. The whole encounter revolved around the animals (as it should). The handlers really cared about the penguins' wellbeing.

Mattison from Phoenix TripAdvisor

Recent Penguin Encounter Photos

  • Penguin Encounter 3
  • Penguin Encounter 4
  • Dolphin Encounter 9
  • Dolphin Encounter 8
  • Penguin Encounter 7

Unique Gifts from Georgia Aquarium

Bring the memories home with you! Stop by our gift shop for all your penguin gifts or shop online here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I didn’t fill out my waiver for my animal interaction or encounter?
  • Do participants have to wear a mask?
  • My picture was taken by the professional photographers at Georgia Aquarium, how can I find it?
  • If I buy my tickets online, do I need to print them, or is showing the email on my phone is enough?
  • Do I need to reschedule my Animal Encounter if a friend or family member tests positive for Covid 19?
  • Can I buy shirts that look like the ones staff wears?
  • What is Georgia Aquarium doing to help guests and staff stay healthy?
  • What is the purpose of this program/overview of the interactive experience?
  • Are you able to participate in a Penguin Encounter with special needs?
  • Are guests welcome to watch? Do they have to buy a ticket?
  • What happens if I am late or cannot make it?
  • Where do I go when I arrive?
  • How many participants can participate in a single program?
  • What are the age requirements?
  • How do I make a reservation?
  • Do I need to make a reservation?
  • What is the cost of the program?
  • What should I bring with me?
  • What times are the Penguin Encounters held?
  • What do we get to do with the penguins?
  • What will I see, and how long is the program?
  • How do I get to the aquarium?
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