Ever wonder what life's like for our animals and caretakers? Experience the St. Louis Aquarium in the most intimate way—by taking a 45-minute guided tour behind the scenes of our facility, habitats, and support areas! Get an up-close glimpse into another world.
On our behind-the-scenes tours, you’ll follow a St. Louis Aquarium interpreter as they explain the hows and whys of caring for our animals. Learn what the animals eat, how we keep the habitats healthy, how we make the thousands of gallons of salt water, and other unique insider information. Be sure to bring your questions!
Sunday through Thursday: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm
Behind-the-scenes tours are 45 minutes long
Tour group size is limited to 15 participants.
Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a paid adult 18 years of age or older.
Cost is in addition to Aquarium general admission and annual passes. $16 per person for general admission and $12 for annual pass holders.
Reservations for tours can be made at the Aquarium Ticketing counter. Since ticket lines are long on weekends, we recommend purchasing the Behind the Scenes tour in advance.
Tours begin at the Main Entrance and end in the Aquarium Gift Shop.
Tours begin promptly at the scheduled time; after 10 minutes, late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Refunds will not be given to participants who arrive late or do not show.
Comfortable clothing and non-slip sneakers are recommended, as you may walk across wet floors. Please do not wear any sandals, open-toed shoes, or high-heeled shoes.
As the behind-the-scenes tours take participants into sensitive animal areas, service animals are not allowed on this tour.
For the safety and security of our animals and staff, we do not allow participants to take pictures on this tour.
While this tour includes walking/standing for 45 minutes, the majority of this tour is wheelchair/ECV accessible. One portion of this tour includes climbing and descending 10 stairs and walking across uneven surfaces, but participation in this portion is not mandatory.
This tour includes loud noises.
For the safety and security of our animals and staff, we, do not allow participants to take pictures behind the scenes.
Tours must be purchased separately.
Comfortable clothing and non-slip sneakers are recommended, as you may walk across wet floors. Please do not wear any sandals, open-toed, or high-heeled shoes.
For any special requests please drop us a line.
All behind-the-scenes areas are wheelchair and ECV accessible, with the exception of the Shark Canyon catwalk and rope bridge. For this portion of the tour, participants will need to climb and descend ten stairs and walk across uneven walkways.
As the tour takes participants into sensitive animal areas, service animals are not allowed on the tour.