ALERT: After careful consideration, we have made the decision to close Georgia Aquarium to public guests. We continue to closely monitor this ever-evolving situation around COVID-19 with the ongoing commitment to the health and wellbeing of our guests, staff, volunteers and animals.

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

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 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?
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