ZZZs Under the Seas

Overnight Visits

Snooze 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. Each overnight experience includes a bedtime snack and breakfast the following morning. Admission to the Aquarium the following day is included for all camp-ins.

  • You must register for programs at least two weeks in advance.
  • Participants must be at least six years old in order to participate in a camp-in.
  • A minimum ratio of one adult for every ten students attending is required.
  • To contact us for more information or to register by phone or email, please call (361) 881-1201 or email educationprograms@txstateaq.org.
  • For more information and to make a reservation, use the online reservation form below.

Please exercise great care in counting your group. The exact number of persons and final payment are due two weeks prior to your camp-in date. The number of attendees may not increase or decrease after the two week guarantee, and no refunds can be made after that date. Please contact your group leader with questions regarding your overnight stay.

Beginning in 2019, overnights will begin at 6:30 p.m. They will not include dinner but will include an evening snack and hot breakfast.  Please be sure to eat dinner before you arrive.

Download the Leader Packet.

Overnights Available for All Types of Groups

  • Private Overnights

    Discover the wonders of the Aquarium’s habitats, from the open ocean to the colorful coral depths, as your group treks through the aquarium on its own personalized adventure. Observe evening and late night behaviors, discover the amazing adaptations our aquarium animals use to survive and complete a challenge at the end of the night. There is no better way to make new friends and connect with nature than camping in at the Texas State Aquarium!

    If your school, scout, or another group would like to reserve a private overnight, you must have a minimum of 25 participants. A minimum of one adult chaperone per ten campers is required, and all participants must be at least six years old.

    Please exercise great care in counting your group. The exact number of people and final payment are due two weeks prior to your camp-in date. The number of attendees may not increase or decrease after the two-week guarantee, and no refunds can be made after that date. Please contact your group leader with questions regarding your overnight stay.

    Program Time:

    6:30 p.m.-8 a.m.
    A bedtime snack and hot breakfast is included

    Prices/Group Limits:

    $57 per person
    Minimum: 25 people
    Maximum: 75 people

    The Aquarium can offer scout themes and badges on private nights if requested. Please see “Scout Nights” for program descriptions and requirements met. Dive Shows and/or Creature Features are not included in private nights but may be added for an additional fee.

  • Family Nights

    Bring your family or small group to sleep with the fish at the Texas State Aquarium! Discover the aquarium after dark as you participate in after-hours guided tours and activities, experience a Dive Show, and have an up-close encounter with one of our animal ambassadors. To contact us for more information or to reserve spots for your group, please call (361)-881-1201 or email educationprograms@txstateaq.org.

    Scheduled Date: July 10, 2020:

    6:30 p.m.-8:00 a.m.
    Bedtime snack and hot breakfast included
    Nonmembers: $57/person
    Members: $50/person

    Registration Deadline: June 26, 2020

    This program is for families with children ages 6 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Payment is due at the time of registration. Please note, if your date does not reach the minimum number of participants required within two weeks of the event, we may need to cancel the event.

  • Scout Nights

    Bring your troop to spend the night at the Aquarium by choosing one of our Scout Nights! To contact us for more information or to reserve spots for your group, please call (361)-881-1201 or email educationprograms@txstateaq.org.

    Registration closes two weeks before the event.

     All scouts must be accompanied by an adult, and a minimum of one adult per ten scouts is required. Participants must be at least six years old.

    6:30 p.m.-8 a.m.
    Bedtime snack and hot breakfast included
    $57 per person
    Minimum: 25 people
    Maximum: 75 people

    Cub Scouts: October 18, 2019; July 24, 2020; October 16, 2020
    Join other Cub Scouts in an overnight adventure at the Texas State Aquarium. Have an up-close encounter with one of our animal ambassadors, experience a dive show, and sleep with the animals. During the overnight activities, we will work towards following adventure requirements:

    Tigers in the Wild: 7
    Bears Fur, Feathers, and Ferns: 2,3,5
    Webelos Into the Wild: 6,7a-c, 8, 9a

    Girl Scout Overnights (All Ages):November 22, 2019; April 17, 2020; June 19, 2020; November 20, 2020
    Join other Girl Scout troops as you learn about the animals and the habitats that our aquarium residents call home. Each night includes an up-close encounter with one of our animal ambassadors, a dive show, and a sleeping spot near the animals.

    Girl Scouts: Brownie Senses Badge: August 7, 2020
    Use all five senses to explore the Texas State Aquarium after dark.  Compare your senses to those of our animals and discover more about the unique adaptations of our Aquarium residents. Along the way, you’ll have an up-close encounter with one of our animal ambassadors and sleep near the animals.

    Girl Scouts: Junior Animal Habitats Badge: March 20, 2020
    Join other Junior Girl Scouts while working towards your Animal Habitats badge through hands-on activities and exploration.  Explore the aquarium habitats after hours, have an up-close encounter with one of our animals, and create your own animal home.  We will meet Steps 1-4 during the overnight and will provide materials for a beach clean-up to meet Step 5 the following morning.

    Payment is due at the time of registration. Please note, if your group’s night does not reach the minimum number of participants required within two weeks of the event, we may need to cancel the event.

    The Aquarium can offer scout themes and badges on private nights if requested. Please see “Private Nights” for more details.

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