Plan a visit

Half the fun of a visit to the Aquarium is getting the students excited to learn. But logistics are key to a successful field trip. Here is some information to help you along.

Construction on the waterfront

Over the next several months the City of Seattle will be working on various construction projects along Alaskan Way. These construction projects may impact school bus parking; they will not affect access to or your time in the Aquarium. If you have questions please visit our Getting Here page to learn more, or call (206) 386-4353. You can find an interactive Seattle parking map from SDOT here.


 

How to schedule your visit

Please read through the following information before you start the registration process, then fill out a registration form below. Our registration team will contact you to confirm your program and registration time.

  • Reserve at least 2 weeks in advance of your desired date; even earlier if you want a day in the spring.
  • Reservations are confirmed by email within two business days of registration. If you do not receive a confirmation letter, please call the registrar at (206) 386-4353.
  • Cancellations must be made at least one week in advance, or are subject to a $25 fee per class.
  • If you are not checked in 15 minutes before your program start time, we reserve the right to cancel your class.
  • All exhibits and classrooms are wheelchair accessible.
  • Please inquire about availability of interpreters.

 

Aquarium registration team

If you need assistance, contact the Aquarium registration team Monday–Friday, from 7:30am to 3:30pm at (206) 386-4353 or by email at registration@seattleaquarium.org.


 

Chaperones

Chaperones are an important part of every successful Aquarium visit. The Aquarium requires one adult for every five students (1:5) for preschool through 8th grade and one chaperone per 10 students (1:10) for grades 9–12. Chaperones must remain with students throughout the visit. Due to space and safety concerns, a maximum of 10 chaperones are permitted into the classroom programs. Groups without sufficient adult supervision may not be admitted.

Download tips for teachers and chaperones.


 

Lunches

If you are planning on eating lunch at the Aquarium, please note that we do not have a dedicated indoor lunch space for groups. There are limited spaces around the exhibits where students may eat lunch indoors on the floor. There is dedicated outdoor lunch space, so if the weather is good, please plan to eat lunch outside. Inquire about lunch areas when you check in.


 

Teacher resources

Tools to help you share the wonder of the marine environment with your students. MORE>>


 

Teacher planning pass

After you have received your field trip confirmation email, you may request a one-time teacher planning pass from our registration team. We encourage you to visit the Aquarium before your field trip to help with your planning process. The planning pass will be available to pick up at the admission gate with your school ID.


 

Timed entry

Entry times are staggered to prevent crowding during highest attendance hours from February through September. Large groups will be staggered as well. Please keep to your scheduled entry time to help alleviate overcrowding for everyone.


 

Aquarium memberships

Aquarium memberships are not to be used with school field trips. For more information, please review our FAQ section.