Special Tours and Encounters

Make your visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium even more memorable by adding a behind-the-scenes tour, a fascinating octopus encounter or a sloppy kiss from one of our friendly seals or sea lions!

Octopus Encounters

Explore the realm of the Giant Pacific Octopus and get a slimy handshake! The Octopus Encounter includes a behind-the-scenes tour and educational information about the care of this amazing invertebrate.

Pricing: Encounters do not include admission to the Aquarium. Purchase tickets online.

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays at 12:00 p.m.
  • $35 for Aquarium members
  • $40 for non-members.

Participants: Ages 8 and up. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult over 21 years of age. Maximum number of participants per encounter: 10.

Dates and Times: To see all upcoming animal encounter dates and times, visit our Events Calendar

Seal and Sea Lion Kisses

No trip to the Aquarium is complete without a fishy kiss from a seal or sea lion! Take a trip behind the scenes and meet one of our furry friends and get a memory you will never forget. Make sure to bring your camera! This is a 20-30 minute experience including a behind-the-scenes look at our pinniped facility followed by a whiskery kiss from a sea lion or harbor seal and fun photo opportunities

  • Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 2:15 p.m.

Pricing: Kisses prices do not include admission to the Aquarium.

  • $35 members
  • $40 nonmembers

Participants: Ages 8 and up. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult over 21 years of age. Maximum number of participants per encounter: 10

Reservations: To make your reservation, register online, call (541) 867-3474; or reserve with our admissions staff on the day of your visit (if availability allows).

Dates and Times: To see all upcoming tour dates and times, visit our Events Calendar.

Behind the Scenes Tours

How does the Aquarium care for a swarm of stinging jellies, a five-hundred pound California Sea Lion and dozens of toothy sharks? Travel behind the scenes with us to explore the ins and outs of caring for over 20,000 animals everyday. The tour lasts 30 minutes.

Pricing: Tours do not include admission to the Aquarium. 

  • Daily at 1:15 p.m. 
  • $10 for Aquarium members
  • $15 for non-members

Participants: Ages 6 and up.  Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult over 21 years of age. Maximum number of participants per tour: 15.

Dates and Times: To book your Behind the Scenes Tour for an upcoming visit CLICK HERE.

Special Requirements: This tour includes a trip to the top of the Passages of the Deep exhibit requiring participants to be able to climb 2 flights of stairs unaided.


Dive the Aquarium

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable underwater adventure.  Professionally trained Aquarium Dive Guides will assist you throughout your entire experience – we want you to enjoy every possible moment!  In addition to the program featured here, we can also schedule private/ semi-private programs, swim programs and special sessions (e.g. underwater photography). Inquire for additional information.

Reservations and additional program Information: Contact us by email at dive@aquarium.org or call Eugene Skin Divers Supply at (541) 342-2351. 

Included with Your Guest Dive Experience:

  • One dive in the 26 foot (7.9 m) deep Halibut Flats Exhibit surrounded by Rockfish, Halibut, Skates and Sturgeon.
  • One dive on the observation ledge of our Open Sea exhibit with hundreds of sharks, including our Broadnose Sevengill Sharks up to 10 feet (3 m) in length!
  • Aquarium Admission Entry Pass which you may use for yourself or give away.
  • Behind the Scenes Tour of Passages of the Deep.
  • Fish ID training session.
  • Cylinder and weights
  • Photograph

Pricing:  Diving packages do include admission to the Aquarium.

  • $139 aquarium members
  • $149 nonmembers.

Cancellations: We realize that plans can sometimes change, and will provide a date change with no penalty if made more than 14 days in advance. Program no-shows or cancellations made with less than 14 days notification cannot be refunded but may be rescheduled at our discretion. To change your reservation, contact us at dive@aquarium.org or call Eugene Skin Divers Supply at (541) 342-2351.Click here to download a registration packet.

Register online: Click here to be connected to Eugene Skin Divers website.

Face-to-Face Guest Snorkel Program

Jump in and enjoy an unforgettable underwater adventure. Professionally trained Aquarium Dive Guides will assist you throughout your entire experience – we want you to enjoy every possible moment!

Reservations and additional program information: Contact us by email at dive@aquarium.org or call (541) 867-3474 x0. 

Included with Your Guest Dive Experience:

  • Snorkel/Swim in the 26 foot (7.9 m) deep Halibut Flats Exhibit surrounded by Rockfish, Halibut, Skates and Sturgeon.
  • Snorkel/Swim in the Orford Reef Exhibit surrounded by Rockfish, a cluster of submerged rocky formations, a kelp forest, and many other species of fish.
  • Behind the Scenes Tour of Passages of the Deep.
  • Fish ID training session.
  • All snorkel equipment needed for the experience including a drysuit.
Pricing:  Snorkel packages do not include admission to the Aquarium.
  • $65 aquarium members
  • $69.95 nonmembers
  • $60 for groups of six.
Program Time:  Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Limit six people per time slot.

Cancellations: We realize that plans can sometimes change, and will provide a date change with no penalty if made more than 14 days in advance. Program no-shows or cancellations made with less than 14 days notification cannot be refunded but may be rescheduled at our discretion. To change your reservation, contact us at dive@aquarium.org or call (541) 867-3474 x0.

Payment Policy

Although it is possible to add any of these programs on the day of your visit, we strongly recommend you pre-book due to limited space and high demand. The price of these programs does not include admission to the Aquarium. 

Registration: Call 541-867-3474 or purchase online. Full payment is required at the time of booking. 

Refunds: In order to be provided a full refund or to be given the opportunity to select a different program date, please provide us with 48 hours notice if you can not participate in your scheduled program. Forty-eight hours notice will be provided if the program needs to be canceled.

Late Arrivals: We recommend that participants for all these programs arrive at least ten minutes before their departure time. The meeting place is in the Aquarium's main lobby. Once a program has begun, we are not able to add late-arriving participants. Refunds are not available for those who miss their scheduled program.

A Note About Working With Wild Animals: The Aquarium offers special experiences with wild animals, including encounters and kisses. During these programs, we request certain behaviors from our animals but we cannot always guarantee they will be willing to participate. Your understanding is appreciated.

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