Hours of Admission

Monday - Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Field Trips

Opening Eyes to the World Outside

The Florida Aquarium is excited to offer a variety of small group programs to meet the needs of educators.

Planning Your Field Trip

With so much to sea and do, the team at The Florida Aquarium has put together this guide to help educators plan an Aquarium adventure that educates and entertains! You can also download the Aquaventures catalog.

By predetermining a number of aspects of your field trip, we can work together to ensure students, teachers and chaperones alike have a seamless experience.

Aquaventures Catalog

Let’s Start with the Basics!  

Reservations are required!

School programs are available Monday–Friday, September through May.

Summer programming or weekend options may be available for select programs.
Please call Reservations at (813) 273-4015 to inquire.

Self-Guided Admission Prices

Ticket CategoryGeneral Ticket Only
(All Student Groups)
Education Group$10
Title 1 Schools
Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas Counties Only
Hillsborough County Head StartFree: Mon-Thurs
$6: Fri

Field Trip Attendance

As we continue to focus on safety, the maximum group size is 70 including students, teachers and chaperones.

One chaperone is required and free for every 10 students. Groups numbering between 11 and 70 should sub-divide into groups of no more than 10 per group.

Groups may not combine while touring the Aquarium to ensure compliance with social distancing and other safety protocols. In alignment with CDC guidelines, all guests are required to wear a mask.

Please note: One group of 70 is permitted per hour. Groups must arrive within their arrival window.

Chaperone Requirements

One chaperone is required for every ten students. Each required chaperone will receive complimentary admission. The 10:1 of student/chaperone is a minimum requirement of all field trips.

Teachers and Aquarium members are considered chaperones, included in the total chaperone count and subject to pricing guidelines.

Chaperone pricing:

Additional chaperones are the same per person rate as students. Aquarium memberships and other discounts or coupons are not valid for school field trip admission.

Additional Chaperone Admission Prices

Ticket CategoryGeneral Ticket Only
(All Student Groups)
Education Group$10
Title 1 Schools
Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas Counties Only
Hillsborough County Head StartFree: Mon-Thurs
$6: Fri

Make Waves: Add an Educational Program!

Enhance your field trip by adding an educational program. Learn more about these safe and exciting on-site opportunities by clicking the link below or downloading the Aquaventures Catalog.

View Education Programs

Dining Options

The Aquarium provides a shaded picnic area, the Sea Star Pavilion, for lunch. Schools may bring lunches or pre-order from Café Ray two weeks prior to visiting. All group lunches must be ordered in advance.

School Field Trip Lunch Order Form


Consider using our preferred education transportation partner ESCOT Bus Lines. Special rates for Hillsborough and Pinellas County are available by calling (727) 545-2088.

Visit ESCOT Bus Lines

Ready to Schedule Your Field Trip?

Make sure you have read all the information on this page before you begin!  Request your visit by completing the online form or calling education reservations at (813) 273-4015.

Field Trip Request Form

Reservation Tips

  • Please have two or three possible date options in the event that your first choice is not available.
  • Consider scheduling a field trip between September and February, when daily attendance is lower. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are also preferred in consideration of daily attendance.
  • All group lunches must be preordered at least two weeks prior to your visit; group walk-ups are not permitted in Café Ray. Pre-order lunches by completing the lunch order form.

Cancellations and Changes

Any changes to your program-including cancellations/postponements, change group totals-must be made by calling (813) 273-4015 or emailing education@flaquarium.org. A voicemail message or email is sufficient for cancellation notice.

Please note: Changes to your group total may affect the number of free chaperones.