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Penguin Encounter Program

Have you ever wanted to Meet a Penguin? Now you can at the Georgia Aqaurium's Penguin Encounter! You can now go behind the scenes and have a personal penguin encounter. Reserve your Penguin Encounter tickets today!

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  • Penguin Encounter Program
  • Frequently Asked Questions


Penguin Encounter Program Description:
Penguins are among our most beloved animals here at Georgia Aquarium. Now, in our Penguin Encounter, you can go behind the scenes at the Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest gallery and meet a penguin! In this program, you’ll enjoy an up close and personal encounter with a penguin, and you’ll also learn much more about these incredible animals, including how we care for them, as well as our research and conservation initiatives on their behalf – which are supported by your ticket dollars and participation in this program! At the close of this approximately-30-minute experience, you’ll have a greater understanding and appreciation of these remarkable birds, and you’ll even take home a professional photo of your memorable day courtesy of Georgia Aquarium.

$59.95 plus tax per person in addition to Total Ticket general admission. Price includes a souvenir photo; cell phones and cameras are not allowed in the encounter area. Price DOES NOT INCLUDE general admission access to the aquarium or to the AT&T Dolphin Tales show; Total Ticket purchase, which allows access to both, is required to participate in this program.

Program Size and Requirements:
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 10 participants per each scheduled program. Only ticketed program participants are allowed to participate in or observe the Penguin Encounter. All participants must wear closed-toe shoes.

Daily* at 11:30a.m. and 2:45p.m.

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

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

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. If you are a guest with special needs, to ensure the best experience, you are urged to 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.


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