Summer Camp

Summer Camps 2019

Great Lakes Aquarium hosts a variety of summer day camps, from explorations in Lake Superior history to adventures in SCUBA diving to hands-on experience in animal care.

Early Drop Off Program

Play games and explore the Aquarium for an extra hour each morning with an Aquarium learning team member (Ordinarily, campers are welcome to arrive at the Aquarium 15 minutes before the start of 9:00 am camps). Find the option at the bottom of each camp registration form to enroll your camper in the early drop-off program!

Cost: $30 per week of camp

Available for all summer camps except Water Striders and AuSM camps.

Cancellation Policy

The Aquarium will refund 50% of the camp fee for cancellations made at least two weeks before the first day of camp. For cancellations made less than two weeks in advance, no refunds can be given. If the Aquarium cancels programming due to weather, we will remit a refund of $30 per day.

Ages 3-5:

New! Water Striders Half-Day Camp

August 19 – 23

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM OR 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $89 for  Aquarium members | $99 non-members

Discoveries await under every rock and around every corner. Campers will make their own discoveries using a variety of tools while playing inside and outside the Aquarium, meeting animals and trying new things. Campers will need to provide their own snacks.

Register for 9 AM Water Striders

Register for 1 PM Water Striders

Ages 8-11:

New! Wildlife Field Course: Spectacular Symbiosis

August 26 – 30

9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Cost: $219 for  Aquarium members | $249 non-members

You’ve probably heard about predator-prey interactions. This is a competitive relationship. But did you know that there are many other ways in which organisms interact? Campers will take field trips in and around Duluth to met with local experts and explore the relationships between the living things around us. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Wildlife Field Course: Spectacular Symbiosis

Ages 11-14:


August 19 – 23

9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Cost: $239 for  Aquarium members | $259 non-members

Curious to try SCUBA diving? Campers will spend each morning diving into the science of SCUBA with physics experiments, games and field trips. Each afternoon, campers will travel to a local pool where they will put on SCUBA gear and try out new underwater skills under the guidance of Great Lakes Aquarium’s dive master. On the final day, campers will travel to Lake Ore-Be-Gone in Gilbert, MN to use their new skills for a shallow open water dive. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for SCUBA Camp