$200/group (maximum of 4 people)


30-minute meet-and-greet and training session with some of our sea lions and their keepers


Guests 12 years of age and older


Sundays and Fridays at 1:30 pm

Sea Lion encounters are typically available 60 days out.

Up-Close Look: Sea Lion

Make a Splash with Denver Zoo’s Flippered Friends

Things are about to get fishy! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with our fun-loving flippered friends through a training session – where you become the trainer! Work with Denver Zoo’s keepers to learn the tips and tricks before trying your hand with our sea lions. Where else can you build a relationship with these amazing animals?


  • Masks are required for all Up-Close Looks. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not accepted. For this Up-Close Look, Denver Zoo approved surgical masks and nitrile gloves may be provided for you for the health of our animals. For their safety, we are unable to provide medical exemptions at this time.
  • You and your group must be willing to use provided hand sanitizer throughout the experience and handle fish.
  • Program is for up to 4 total individuals.
  • All program participants must be at least 12 years of age or older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paid participant that is 18 years of age or older.
  • This experience is not recommended for people with severe airborne allergies to seafood or nitrile gloves.
  • Program fee does not include admission to Denver Zoo—admission tickets must be purchased separately. You must have general admission tickets for the date of your experience.
  • This experience is non-refundable and nontransferable.
  • Denver Zoo reserves the right to re-route or cancel any tour due to animal health or safety concerns. In the event of cancellation, efforts will be made to reschedule you on a later date.
  • Up-Close Look: Sea Lions will occur rain or shine. Denver Zoo reserves the right to cancel due to severe weather that makes it unsafe to participate.
  • Plan to check in at the zoo at least 15 minutes before the start of your encounter. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.
  • There is limited access for service animals during this experience. Please call 720-337-1400 to confirm.

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