School Field Trips

A large group of students loading onto a school bus in front of the Aquarium building.

Use the Aquarium as your classroom!

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Scheduling Tip for April, May, and June:

Please be aware that this is a busy season for school trips! Remember to consider your school’s end-of-year events (concerts, field days, testing) before booking with Great Lakes Aquarium to expedite the planning process.

Field Trip Planning

NOTE: These rates apply to accredited schools only.
Students: $5/each
School Staff: FREE (including teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, and all other support staff)
Non-Staff Adult Chaperones: 1 FREE per five students. Additional adults are $5/each. All chaperones receive free parking.

Chaperone Requirements: Grades K-8: 1 adult per 5 students. Grades 9-12: 1 adult per 10 students.
Dive in Deeper: Add a one-hour age-appropriate class with Aquarium staff for $50. Maximum of 25 students per class.

Field trip tickets include:

  • General admission to the Aquarium for self-guided exploration in small, chaperoned groups of students
  • Group greeting from the Aquarium’s Learning Team
  • Secure storage for coats, lunches, backpacks, etc.
  • Lunch space (please request during registration)
  • Free parking for group vehicles (bus, van, or cars)
    • Please inform your chaperones to grab a free parking pass at the ticketing desk when they arrive at the Aquarium.
  • Free resources and materials for making your trip a success!
  • Dive in Deeper classes are offered Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Plan your arrival time at least 15 minutes prior to your preferred class time to allow for orientation and transition time. See a list of our class offerings here.

Do you qualify for Bus Funding? We encourage educators who meet the eligibility requirements to apply for the transportation grants of up to $200. This program offers grants on a rolling basis and will close when all funds are awarded.

For more information: Contact us at or 218-740-2000.