​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

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

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

Check out pricing, frequently asked questions, and more on our Plan Your Field Trip page​.

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​.

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

Access Aquarium Grant Program​​

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

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.

Available suitcases, appropriate grade levels, and rates are listed here​. Download the Suitcase Science application here, and mail, fax, or email the completed form back to Ashley Beerbroer​, our Outreach Coordinator.

Homeschool

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 or HEAV membership card. For questions about other forms of documentation, please call our Guest Services Office at (757) 385-3474.

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

Homeschool Day

We host a Homeschool Day annually, providing families with the school admission rate, along with special activities and live animal programs throughout the Aquarium. Our next Homeschool Day will be coming soon!

Download the Homeschool Day flyer Here