Our exclusive encounters offer you the incredible opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience our animals like never before.
Get a look into our exhibits that few others get to witness, and help our staff feed and interact with many of our animals, including birds, sharks, and even sea turtles.
Each tour ticket is separate from a general admission ticket, and purchase of a general admission ticket is required to purchase a tour ticket. Animal experiences described may be subject to slight changes depending on day and various factors.
Children 6-12 years old must be accompanied by a paying parent or guardian.
For safety reasons, children under the required age of 6 years old (for Feed the Fish) and 8 years old (for Snorkel with Sharks) are not permitted to participate or be present at Exclusive Encounters tours, even with a parent or guardian.
A signed waiver is required from all participants before the tour begins.
Experience the thrill of getting up close to six sandbar sharks while learning about their biology and how we can protect them in the wild. This new dynamic group experience allows between 1 and 4 guests to enjoy a snorkel-like adventure alongside multiple species of fish, including stingrays, barracudas, eels, and of course, our sandbar sharks! This experience gives guests (age 8+) a unique VIP aquatic adventure that they will never forget! Scuba certification not required.
$99.95 per person, plus admission*
Offered Daily at 3:30 p.m. – Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Maximum 4 people per group
Ages 8 and up
Children 8-12 years of age must have a paid parent/guardian in the water with them during the snorkel experience
For safety reasons, children under the required age of 8 years old are not permitted to participate or be present at Exclusive Encounters tours, even with a parent or guardian.
*Members receive 10% off Exclusive Encounters! To apply your discount, log in with your Membership ID before purchasing online.
A signed waiver is required from all participants before the tour begins. This Exclusive Encounter takes place in our H-E-B Caribbean Sea exhibit.
A modest one-piece swimsuit or a rash guard and swim shorts work great!
Please note that before starting the Exclusive Encounter for the safety of the animals, loose items will have to be removed: rings, bracelets, necklaces, watches, earrings, and any other jewelry, among others. For a full list, please see the Snorkel with a Shark waiver.