​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Field Trips

What better way to supplement your science curriculum than by visiting the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center? Whether you choose a self-guided visit, a 3D film, an interactive boat trip, or one of our standards-based programs, we can help bring science to life for your students.

Go to our Plan Your Field Trip page​ for more information about pricing, programs, and frequently asked questions.

To make a reservation, please contact our Guest Services Office at (757) 385-3474 or at VAMSCGSO@virginiaaquarium.com.

Want to learn more about our programming? Contact Rachel Clark, our School & Youth Programs Specialist, at (757) 385-0275 or at RRiesbec@virginiaaquarium.com.

​Outreach Programs

Let us bring marine science to you! Our trained educators offer a variety of hands-on programs and live animal experiences that will engage all learners, from toddlers to adults. To book an outreach program for your class, please contact our Guest Services Office​ at (757) 385-3474 or at VAMSCGSO@virginiaaquarium.co​m​. For questions about outreach programs, please call (757) 385-0330 or utilize our Contact Us form here​​​​

Click on the grade level to learn about the outrea​​ch programs and costs:

Suitcase Science

Explore the phases of water with hands-on experiments using our Properties of Water suitcase or examine squid beaks to learn about how animals have changed to be better suited to their environment in the Animal Adaptations suitcase. Compare replica skulls to learn about the differences between omnivores and carnivores in our Food Webs suitcase or journey alongside a sea turtle from egg to adult in the Sea Turtle Science suitcase.

Go to our Suitcase Science page for more information on available suitcases, cost, and how to schedule your kit.

Access Aquarium Grant Program​​

Teachers seeking funding for their group may apply for assistance through the Aquarium's Access Aquarium Grant program. This donation supported program can cover 50% of the Aquarium admission cost and select educational programs for high-needs schools in Virginia. Beginning July 1, 2019, this opportunity is open to Title 1 schools, Virginia Preschool Initiative programs, Head Start programs, and schools with a Federal Free and Reduced Lunch rate of at least 50%. For more information, email programs@virginiaaquarium.com. ​

Download the Access Aquarium Application


We encourage homeschool families to visit for a day of fun and learning! Choose the self-guided tour, an educational 3D film, a boat trip, or one of our standards-based programs. Onsite programs can be scheduled for at least 10 students within a similar age range.​​

We are proud to offer homeschool families the school admission rate. To receive the reduced rate, please have a photo ID and a copy of your notice of intent. We will also accept a current membership card for any homeschool organization. For questions about other forms of documentation, please call our Guest Services Office at (757) 385-3474.

Aquarium Only$12$18
Movie Only$5$5
Aquarium & Movie$17$23
​Boat Trip Only$13​$18​

Homeschool Day

We host a Homeschool Day twice a year, providing families with a special admission rate, along with special activities and live animal programs throughout the Aquarium. Our next Homeschool Day event is scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2020. Click the link below for more information.​​

​Homeschool Day 2020​