​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​School Admissio​n Rates

Aquarium Only$12.00FreeFree$18.00
Movie Only​$5.00FreeFree$5.00
Both Aquarium & Movie$17.00FreeFree$23.00

* Aquarium memberships or other discounts may not be used in conjunction with group rates. These rates do not apply to full-length films. ​

* Preschool and Kindergarten groups receive a 1:5 ratio of free chaperones. All others receive a 1:10 ratio of free chaperones.​

How to Make a Reservation

To make reservations for your class or school to visit the Aquarium, please contact:

Guest Services Office
(757) 385-FISH (3474)

For more information on program content, or for assistance in making the most of your school group visit, please contact:

Rachel Clark
School & Youth Program Specialist
(757) 385-0275

Download a Map of the Aquarium

Self-Guided Activities

Download and print the Field Trip Guide to help lead students through the exhibit areas. ​

​Onsite Programs

Our SOL-based on-site programs are easily added to your field trip. Use the links below for more information about the programs available for your grade level.

Boat Experiences

Get your students outdoors to explore the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on one of our Virginia Aquarium Boat Trips​.

Lunch Options

An uncovered picnic area can be reserved in advance. Be sure to ask about it while making your reservation. If the picnic area is not available, nearby Redwing Park has picnic shelters and playgrounds.

Post-trip On Your Own Worksheets

3rd - 6th grade

7th - 12th grade

Educational Resource Guide

The Educational Resource Guide (ERG) contains​ descr​iptions of all the programs available for schools.

Download the 2020​​ ERG

Funding Assistance

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

​Field Trip Feedback

Take the field trip survey to tell us how we're doing and you'll be entered to win a free program, resource kit rental, or free chaperones for your visit. ​


Field Trip FAQs