​​​​​School Admission Rates

Aquarium Only$12.00FreeFree$18.00
National Geographic 3D Film Only$5.00FreeFree$5.00
Both Aquarium & National Geographic 3D Film$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.

Schedule your field trip during a theme month that best ties in with your curriculum. Additional activities will occur in the exhibit area to highlight each theme.

October - Properties of Water
November - Oceans
December & January - Climate and Weather
February - Oceans
March - Food Webs
April - Adaptations
May - Natural Resources
June - World Oceans Day Celebration

​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​.

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 2018-2019​ ERG

Funding Assistance

Teachers seeking funding for their group may apply for assistance through the Aquarium's Access Aquarium Grant program. This program, which is supported by donations, has limited funds to assist with Aquarium admission for high-needs schools and United Way designated non-profit organizations that work with underserved or special needs groups. Also inquire with the administrative staff at your school about PTA funding and other grant opportunities.

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