With smiles on their faces, San Antonio Aquarium guests seem to love selfies at the side of the stingray exhibit. As you gently pet their soft and velvet skin, you also experience the pleasure of feeding them as they gently draw the food from your hands. This is an opportunity to take endless selfies and videos at the same time as receiving the longtime favorite “stingray kisses”.
If you have seen marine biologists inside the tank doing maintenance or routine checks of our animals you may have thought “I wish I could do that one day”, now is your chance! “Snorkeling with the Rays” is now open 7 days a week and sessions are available from open to close for groups of up to 3. We guarantee an awesome occasion for you and your entire family to share!
Here’s what you need to bring:
– bathing suit, non-slip sandals or water shoes, dry change of clothes, and a towel. (We have towels available to rent)
Your friendly guide will meet you at the front of the aquarium 30 minutes early of your scheduled time. It’s impossible to control the anticipation of what is to come as you get yourself situated with your required gear. Dressed and ready, you will be led out to the stage where you will dip your feet in comfortable 73 degree water as the eager Bat Rays splash their hellos at your toes. Once in the water, it will be easy to forget you are not in tropical blue waters on an aquatic adventure.
As you swim, schools of beautifully colored fish will be darting about. You will be surrounded by soft bat and cownose rays as they gently kiss your goggles and splash your body looking for attention. Stingrays, schooling fish, horseshoe crabs and even an albino bamboo shark named Waldo, will come right up to you to graciously take treats from your hand. (Yes– an albino shark!! He even poses for pictures!) This truly is the experience of a lifetime. Be sure to add the GoPro video option when you are scheduling your snorkel event to record your experience. Can’t wait to see you in the pool!!