ZZZs Under the Seas

Sleep with the sharks at the Texas State Aquarium! 

Join us for an overnight adventure full of excitement and discovery as your group participates in evening programs and hands-on activities.  Your group will have the opportunity to explore the Aquarium exhibits after hours and view our animals after dark. Each overnight experience includes a bedtime snack and breakfast the following morning.  

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.  Evening snack and breakfast included  

$59.95 per personMinimum: 25 participants / Maximum: 50 participants 

Add ons:

  • Dive Show


    Watch a diver descend into our coral reef and feed the fish!

  • Creature Feature


    Meet one of the Aquarium’s animal ambassadors up close and personal! 

  • Scout Patches

    $3.00 per patch 

    Commemorative patch for scout vests.

Leader Packet

Click below to download the Leader Packet with more information and required paperwork for your overnight.  

Download the Leader Packet

Camp-in Policies

  • All overnight participants must be 6 years of age or older. 
  • There must be 1 adult chaperone for every 10 participants. 
  • Overnights must be booked at least two weeks in advance.  We recommend booking much earlier to secure your preferred date.  
  • A nonrefundable deposit of $250 is required at time of booking to secure your group’s date. 
  • Final payment and group numbers are due 2 weeks prior to your overnight event. 
  • Please refer to the Leader Packet for additional information and required paperwork. 

COVID-19 Safety Measures

The Texas State Aquarium takes your health seriously.  We have made the following modifications to our overnight programming to ensure the health of our guests and staff:  

  • All overnight participants must wear a face mask unless eating or sleeping.  
  • All staff will wear a face mask.  
  • Groups not in the same household must sleep 6 feet apart. 
  • We have decreased our capacity to a maximum of 50 overnight guests. 
  • The Aquarium has increased its sanitation of high-touch surfaces, and all overnight program materials are sanitized in between groups. 
  • Participants who have been in contact with a positive case of Covid-19 or who are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath may not attend the overnight.   

Booking Form

  • Ready to book your event? 

     Fill out the form below and we will contact you to confirm your date.  

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  • Where will my group sleep?

    All groups will sleep indoors next to our aquatic collection.  Groups that sleep in the Caribbean Journey will have the opportunity to sleep in front of the Caribbean SeaCoral Reef, or Blue Hole. Groups that sleep in our Gulf of Mexico wing will sleep in our Islands of Steel or Flower Gardens exhibits.  We will be able to tell you which building is available on your chosen date at time of booking. 

  • Can I bring a child under 6 years?

    No.  For the safety and the best experience of your group, we cannot allow children under 6 to sleep over or attend evening activities.   

  • What exhibits will be available on the night of the event?

    During your overnight, you will have the opportunity to view many of the incredible indoor exhibits at the Texas State Aquarium.  Admission to the Aquarium the following day is included with your overnight experience, and you will be able to view any presentations or exhibits that you were not able to view at that time. 

  • Can I bring an air mattress?

    We allow a limited number of air mattresses for those that require them. Please note that not all of our exhibits can accommodate air mattresses, and those with air mattresses must follow camp-in staff guidelines for placement.   

  • Can I bring my own food and drinks?

    We do not allow outside food or drinks, except in the case of allergies or dietary restrictions.  Please contact us if this is the case, as we can typically provide substitutes or restrict certain items.  We do encourage participants to bring their own reusable water bottle or cup.  No alcohol is allowed onsite. 

  • Do you offer adults-only overnights?

    At this time we do not offer adults-only overnights.  Please contact our Sales department for more information about planning an after-hours event for adults. 

  • Do you offer Scout badges?

    At this time, we do not offer scout badges.  However, some of the overnight activities may help your scouts meet some of their badge requirements.  Please contact us if you have questions.