A scuba diver in the Philippine Coral Reef Exhibit during a daily dive show.

Welcome back! The Academy is now open to the public. Please note that we've made some important changes to our Groups program for guest and staff health and safety and to comply with local guidelines:

  • Groups should consist only of members of your own household. Learn more about how to plan safer social interactions in public spaces.
  • Advance, timed-entry tickets are required for all guests. Please keep in mind that a limited quantity of tickets are available for each 30-minute entry timeslot.
  • Masks must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking. Masks are required for all guests ages 3 and up, indoors and outdoors.

Please visit our reopening page for health and safety details, ticketing information, and FAQs. Thank you for keeping the Academy safe for everyone, and we hope to see you soon!

Group tickets & pricing

Groups consist of 10 or more guests. All guests, including groups, must purchase timed-entry admission tickets in advance. Please note that not all entry times may be available on the date of your choice. As always, the further in advance you book, the lower the price and the greater selection of entry times.

Your group discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Ticket prices may vary by entry time and date. Children 2 and under and Academy members always visit for free!



Group visit guidelines

  • Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more paying guests
  • All group reservations must be made in advance and require pre-payment
  • Member benefits do not apply to group entry
  • The entire group must be fully assembled at the time of entry
  • ​Discounted tickets cannot be applied to the purchase of an Academy Membership on the day of your visit

Pre-paid dining options

Make lunch easy at the Academy with a prepaid boxed lunch or Academy Gift Card! Gift Cards can be used at the Café and Terrace restaurants and are perfect for trip planners on tight schedules. Boxed lunches are handcrafted at the Café with locally sourced ingredients.

We require a minimum of 10 boxed lunches per order. Please allow at least seven business days for processing.


Great for groups

For these signature Academy experiences, more is definitely merrier. (Please note that Penguins+Pajamas Sleepovers, NightLife VIP Tours, and school field trips are currently unavailable.)

Guests atop the Living Roof on a VIP Tour

Explore the secrets of the world’s greenest museum on a guided VIP Tour out on the Living Roof.

View of the rainforest dome from the Living Roof at night

Elevate your NightLife experience with a VIP Tour. Cocktails are, of course, included.

Illustration of Claude the albino alligator wearing headphones

Celebrate Academy-style with one of four customizable parties—including our new virtual birthday party package!

A family in penguin hats in their sleeping bags at an Academy sleepover

Experience an unforgettable overnight at the Academy. Groups of 10 or more enjoy a discounted rate!

Academy docent demonstrates science experiment to young guests

Groups of 20 or more can add a guided educational program to their visit for a truly unique Academy adventure.

Contact us
Have questions about bringing your group to the Academy? We're here to help. 
Planning a party?

The Academy's interior is breathtaking at night. Whether your event is a spring prom, summer wedding, or holiday party, we suggest booking a date far in advance.