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Hours of Admission

Monday - 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!

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.


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

Group minimum is 10 people.

We do not have a maximum group size; however, we do have a daily field trip capacity. Large groups may be asked to visit over multiple days to meet these daily capacities.

Groups can bring lunches with them or preorder from the Aquarium. Groups are not permitted into Café Ray on their visit date to purchase lunch.

Chaperone Requirements

One chaperone is required for every ten students.

Groups will receive one complimentary adult (teacher/parent) per five students. Any adult/parent above this 1:5 ratio is subject to general admission fees. General admission tickets can be purchased either online in advance or at the ticket window upon arrival.

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.

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. All field trip reservations must be requested using this form in advance. Please call 813-273-4015 with any additional questions.

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. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays tend to have lower general attendance.
  • A 30-minute lunch time will be assigned to groups eating lunch at the Aquarium during their visit. Assigned lunch times will be at the covered Sea Star Pavilion. Groups can bring lunches with them or preorder from the Aquarium. Groups are not permitted into Café Ray on their visit date to purchase lunch.
  • 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 A voicemail message or email is sufficient for cancellation notice.

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