Hang out with a Sea Lion

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**Sea Lions Up Close Program has ended, but we invite you to try our Sea Lion Encounter!**

With our unique Sea Lions Up Close program, your group gets a special session to interact with these charismatic animals in a safe, socially distant environment. Over the course of approximately 15 minutes, you’ll learn more about these charismatic animals, watch a training session, and get a socially distant selfie with a sea lion.

The Sea Lions Up Close program offers exclusive, up close and personal session with California sea lions while learning more about the Aquarium’s rescue, research and conservation initiatives.

Due to the nature of caring for animals, Georgia Aquarium reserves the right to modify, cancel and / or reschedule programs without notice. Reasonable accommodations will be made to reschedule guests as effectively as possible.

Strollers are not allowed in the Sea Lion Theater.

Please see one of our guest services team members at our Guest Information desk if you have children under the age of 3 or if you will need assistance with your strollers.

This program ticket, does NOT include General AdmissionAll participants must wear a mask/facial covering during the program.

Please check in at the Sea Lion Pier 225 Gallery at least 15 minutes prior to your Sea Lion Up Close Program.

You'll Get To...

  • Interact with a Sea Lion

    Get close to our sea lions — close enough for a socially distant selfie!

  • Work With a Trainer

    Learn from trainers who spend countless hours with these animals and can teach you about their habitats, conservation, feeding and more.

  • Take a Pic

    Take your experience social and share the memory of this moment with friends and family.

Get a sneak peek at the program

Photos from our Sea Lion Up Close Program

Unique Gifts from Georgia Aquarium

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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?
  • At what age can children participate?
  • Will I be required to wear a mask to participate in this program?
  • Is General Admission included with the purchase of this program?
  • What is the purpose of this program/overview of the interactive experience?
  • Are you able to participate in a Sea Lion Up Close Program with special needs?
  • Are guests welcome to watch? Do they have to buy a ticket?
  • Where do I go when I arrive?
  • What should I bring with me?
  • How long is the program and what will I see?
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