Step-By-Step Field Trip Planning Guide

Our step-by-step field trip planning guide includes chaperone policies, pricing and payment policies, reservations and ways to help you make the case for an Aquarium field trip. We also cover check-in and parking, planning your choice of presentations and shows, lunch and gift shop options. In addition, we offer free guided tours of the Aquarium to teachers preparing for a field trip.

Field Trip Orientation Video

Planning a field trip to the Aquarium? Use this engaging video to help your students and your chaperones get acquainted with the Aquarium before you even step off the bus. The video is available to share online or download to burn on DVDs.


Preparing Students to Interact with Sharks and Rays

What is the best way to get to know a shark? The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank is a place where people can come and interact with sharks and rays. This video explains how the exhibit works.

Activities for a Field Trip

To make the most of your field trip, we recommend activities you can do with your students before, during and after your field trip. Check out Aquarium scavenger hunts, teacher guides, and behind-the-scenes tours.

Aquarium Programs for Field Trips

Add a range of programs to your Aquarium visit, including Explorer classes, IMAX films, Whale Watch (out of season until April) and behind-the-scenes tours.

Prepare for a Field Trip

If you already booked a class to visit the New England Aquarium and want to plan your visit beforehand, please present your field trip confirmation letter at the Aquarium Box Office to receive free admission. New England teachers can apply for teacher pass to gain free admission to the Aquarium.

Making the Reservation

Please make your reservation at least two weeks in advance to qualify for the group rate. Book your field trip or program with Central Reservations at 617-973-5206, email or complete a group inquiry form.

Financial Aid

For schools that meet the specific criteria for financial need, we offer free admission to students. Find out more about the "Free to Learn" Free Admission Program for Schools.

Big Yellow Bus Transportation Grant Program

The Big Yellow Bus is a partnership between the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. It helps schools meet transportation costs for educational field trips. Applications are accepted online.