Field Trips

Children identifying rocks

Use the Aquarium as your classroom!

Our staff can help you make the most of your visit. Contact Samantha at education@glaquarium.org or 218-740-2027 for ideas and information.

Book your field trip

You have three options to choose from when planning a field trip to the Aquarium.

1. Explorer (self-guided exhibit exploration)

Explore ticket includes:

  • General admission to the Aquarium
  • Group greeting from our Education Department
  • Secure closet to store coats, lunches, backpacks, etc.
  • Age-appropriate exhibit scavenger hunt
  • Lunch space (please request during registration)
  • Daily interpretive programs, animal feedings, and more…
  • Free parking for group vehicles (bus, van, or cars)
  • Allow 1-2 hours to explore exhibits

Cost:

  • PreK-12 students – $5/each
  • For every 5 students you will receive 1 free chaperone.
  • Teachers/school staff are free and not included in the free chaperone ratio.
  • Additional adult chaperones: $5/each

Book your field trip

2. Dive in Deeper (exhibit exploration + 1 hour class)

This package offers both the self-guided tour of the Great Lakes Aquarium exhibits and a one-hour class with an Aquarium educator.  Minimum time required: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Classes are offered Monday-Friday at 9:15, 10:30, 11:45, 1:00, 2:15, 3:30, and 4:45Groups should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to class start times to allow for group welcome and transition time.

See a list of our class offerings here.

Dive in Deeper ticket includes:

  • General admission to the Aquarium
  • Group greeting from our Education Department
  • Secure closet to store coats, lunches, backpacks, etc.
  • Age-appropriate exhibit scavenger hunt
  • Lunch space (please request during registration)
  • Daily interpretive programs, animal feedings, and more…
  • Free parking for group vehicles (bus, van, or cars)
  • One- or two-hour age-appropriate class with our staff
  • Allow at least 2 hours and 30 minutes

Cost:

  • Explorer costs ($5/student) plus an additional $2/student per class = $7/student
  • For every 5 students you will receive 1 free chaperone.
  • Teachers/school staff are free and not included in the free chaperone ratio.
  • Additional adult chaperones: $5/each

Book your field trip

3. Fish and Ships – exhibit exploration + 1 hour 15 min harbor cruise

Give your students the ultimate waterfront experience. Book a visit to Great Lakes Aquarium and a ride on the Vista Fleet, the sightseeing boats on the Duluth waterfront!

Fish and Ships ticket includes:

  • Harbor cruise on the Duluth-Superior Harbor
  • General admission to the Aquarium
  • Group greeting from our Education Department
  • Secure closet to store coats, lunches, backpacks, etc.
  • Age-appropriate exhibit scavenger hunt
  • Lunch space (please request during registration)
  • Daily interpretive programs, animal feedings, and more…
  • Free parking for group vehicles (bus, van, or cars)
  • Allow 3-5 hours

Cost:

  • Students and adults – $10 each
  • This package does not provide free chaperones.
  • Some teachers/school staff are free.

Times: Cruise times vary; aquarium arrival and departure times vary

Dates: Offered Sept. 2 – October 15, 2014 and May 1 – June 13, 2015

Note: Your group must be affiliated with a preK-12 accredited school or home school to purchase Fish and Ships tickets.

Book your field trip

For more information: Contact Samantha Smingler at education@glaquarium.org or 218-740-2027.