Early Closure Alert!
The Aquarium will close two hours early on Wednesday, December 24. Last entry at 3pm; exhibits close at 4pm. The Aquarium will be closed on December 25.

School Group Admission, Program Fees and Logistics

The Seattle Aquarium offers a wealth of undersea information for educators, kids, parents and visitors. Here's your chance to get face-to-fin with marine life. Through specialized teacher programs, field trip opportunities, events and other marine resources, everyone can learn to share knowledge and encourage protection of the Sound that surrounds us all.

On-site programs at the Seattle Aquarium

On-Site Programs

2013–2014 school admission fees
On–site programs are free with admission. Rates apply to pre–registered school groups of 10 or more paying visitors with one person paying for the entire group.

October 7, 2013–June 13, 2014
Adults/youth age 4 and over: $9
Children age 0–3: free

Passes, discounted tickets, coupons and Seattle Aquarium membership cards are not valid for school group admission fees.

Note: The Aquarium will be closed all day Friday June 6, 2014.


Self-Guided Visit

Discover the Seattle Aquarium with your students! Guide them through face-to-face interactions with marine animals as they explore the exhibits, from the cool waters of Puget Sound to the tropical coral reefs of the Pacific. Make sure to stop by our hands-on tide pools, interact with a diver at one of our interpretive shows, and visit our new harbor seal exhibit.

Request registration here.


Classroom Programs

Programs are available from
October 7, 2013 to June 13, 2014
Monday-Friday

Request registration here.

Times: 10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm and 1:45pm.

Program length for Pre–K is 30 minutes; program length for grades K–12 is 45 minutes.

Fees: Classroom programs are free with admission.

Minimum number of students is 10; maximum number of students for Pre–K is 25; grades K–12 is 32.

Off-site programs from the Seattle Aquarium

Off-Site Programs

Preschool Outreach

Program length for Pre–K is 45 minutes
Fees: $120 per program; $80 per additional program.
Limited to 30 participants per program, and four programs per day.

Request Outreach here.

 

Seasonal Field Labs

Fees: $400 for classroom program at your school and naturalist in the field; $300 for naturalist in the field and program at the Aquarium. Discounted rates of $200 at your school or $150 at the Aquarium for each additional class of 32 students.

Limited to 32 students per program. Total number of students may be limited by the field location.

 

Killer Whale Tales Outreach

Free to qualified classes. This dynamic outreach program about orca whales includes storytelling, slides, video and real orca calls plus hands-on experiential science activities that bring the field to your classroom. To register, call (206) 932-6722 or visit killerwhaletales.org.

 

Conservation Education Scholarship Fund

Scholarship admission and transportation assistance is available for qualifying schools. Scholarships are awarded as funding is available. Priority will be given to 40% or greater free and reduced lunch or equivalent schools, Head Start, ECEAP, special needs and ESL/ELL classes. Please apply online when registering for programs.

Plan a school visit

Plan a Visit

Half the fun of classroom visits is getting the students excited to learn. But logistics are key to a successful program. Here are some steps 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.

 

How to Schedule Your Program

Registration
Fill out a registration form below. Our registrar will contact you to confirm your program and registration time.

  • One adult chaperone for every five students is required.
  • Reserve a minimum of 3–4 weeks in advance of your desired date, even earlier if you want a day in the spring.
  • Reservations are confirmed by email within one week 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 by your program start time, we reserve the right to cancel your class to avoid impacting other programming.
  • All exhibits and classrooms are wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation is available upon request with two weeks notice.
  • Information/questions: education@seattleaquarium.org.
  • Orientation video.

Aquarium Registrar

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

 

Chaperones

Chaperones are an important part of every successful Aquarium visit. The Aquarium requires one adult for every five students. Chaperones must remain with students throughout the visit. 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. Please inquire about availability when you check in. There is plenty of outdoor space, so if the weather is good, please plan to eat lunch outside.

 

Teacher Planning Pass

After you have received your field trip confirmation email, you may request a one-time teacher planning pass from our Registrar. 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.

Click here to download the School Programs Guide for more information about classes and programs offered by the Aquarium.

 

Aquarium Memberships

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