Sleep with the Sharks: Private Groups

Join us for an unforgettable evening of fun at the Aquarium with your family or group!

Nowhere else can you snuggle down for the night in the Passages of the Deep exhibit’s 360 degree tunnels, surrounded by almost a million gallons of sea water and more than a hundred sharks, halibut, rays and other marine life! 

You’ll have the place to yourself for a fun-filled evening and morning of ocean exploration and hands-on fun. Our professional and knowledgeable education staff will guide you through your entire experience. Our sleepover programs are a great way to extend your experience in Newport. Use your extra time to explore the Aquarium or some of the other beautiful natural and historical sites. 

What are Participants Saying? 

“This will be an experience our family talks about for a long time.”

“Thank you so much for this wonderful adventure!” 

“Great option to see everything without crowds.” 

“I think our students will remember this trip forever. Great educational activities!” 

“The kids and parents were blown away with this sleepover! We’ll definitely be back again in the future.” 

 “Had a truly unique and memorable time- wonderful!” 

Sleep with the Sharks Basics

  • Sleepovers start at 6:00 pm and end at 9:00 am the next morning. 
  • Participants must be 6 years or older to participate. 
  • Children age 6-17 must be accompanied by adult chaperones. 
  • Sleepover events have a 20 person minimum and a 60 person maximum. Families and smaller groups are welcome to join one of our many pre-scheduled Public Combo Sleepover events. 
  • Click here for a sample schedule and a list of items to bring. 
  • Click here for food and dietary information. 
  • Click here for FAQs and answers. 

"How Much Does It Cost?"

  • $60 per person / $55 for members 
  • Discounted School Group Rate: $50 per person (September-February, Monday-Thursday nights). 
  • Click here for payment options, deposit info and cancelation policy. 

"What's Included in the Price?"

  • Sleeping in the Passages of the Deep tunnels! 
  • Viewing the Aquarium without large daytime crowds. 
  • Professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff to guide you through everything. 
  • Age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Morning behind-the-scenes experience. 
  • Entry to the Aquarium the following day. 
  • Meals and snacks: dinner, continental breakfast and light evening snack. See above for food and dietary information.

"Where Will We Be Sleeping?"

Our Passages of the Deep exhibit has three amazing tunnels full of all kinds of fish. Please understand, each tunnel will accommodate a limited number of people for sleeping.

Generally, we can accommodate the following number of people in each area: 

  • 25-30 in Open Sea (shark) tunnel    
  • 15 in Halibut Flats (shipwreck) tunnel
  • 15 in Orford Reef (rock fish) tunnel      

Our Sleepover Attendants will coordinate the sleeping order/location for each group, and your placement choice will depend upon how much room there is in each tunnel area. Thank you for your understanding! 

Registering for a Private Group Sleepover

Follow these six steps to register a group of 20-60 people for a Private Group Sleepover. Please read through all six steps before clicking on the link to pick a date.

Registration for Private Group Sleepovers must occur at least four weeks in advance. Dates are limited and fill quickly, particularly in the Spring. 

  1. Make sure that you have read the following documents and information prior to registration: Sleep with the Sharks Schedule of Events and What To Bring, Sleepover FAQ’s, Food and Dietary Info, and Cancelation Policy. 
  2. Click on the link below to pick an available date for your sleepover event. 
  3. Pay a $240 deposit online using a credit card to reserve your date. 
  4. Once we have received your deposit, our Group Coordinator will send your confirmation materials. 
  5. Your final payment and a roster of participants will be due to the Group Coordinator two weeks prior to your sleepover event. If final payment and roster are not received by this deadline, your sleepover date will be canceled and your deposit refunded minus a 10% processing fee. 
  6. Print out the following, distribute to your group members and bring the signed forms with you to your sleepover: 
  • Group Leader Contract 
  • Chaperone Contract (One for each adult chaperone) 
  • General Program Waiver. (One for every adult and child participant)
Have questions? Need help? Contact us by phone at (541) 867-3474, Monday through Friday during regular business hours.  Or email us at