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.

You'll Get To...

  • Meet a Penguin

    Under trainer-supervision, you'll get to see our African penguins and pet them — if they're willing.

  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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?
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