Educational Group Pricing
Must have at least 15 persons to qualify for discount.
We are thrilled that you have chosen Via Aquarium for your field trip! With over 2,000 unique creatures from around the world, our self guided exploration is your students ticket to explore the world’s aquatic biodiversity. Check out our free educator resources tab to enhance your aquarium experience!
Please allow 7 to 10 business days for a response and keep in mind that we do require a minimum of 2 weeks notice prior to your visit in order to properly plan your trip. (children under 4 free).
If you would like to have your event be private, see out pricing on our “Reserve our Space” page
Please note that you must reserve your trip. Scroll down for more information. You must also meet the minimum Chaperone/Child ratio.
Required Chaperone Ratio
|0 – 4 (Pre -K)||1 adult per 3 students|
|5 – 12 (Grades K-5)||1 adult per 5 students|
|13 – 17 (Grades 6-12)||1 adult per 10 students|
|Special needs||1 adult per 5 students|
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We take the safety of our guests and animals seriously, to ensure the best experience for your students we require all groups to meet the minimum chaperone – student ratio. Additionally, groups over 125 students must be split into multiple groups.
Mon – Fri
10 – 4pm
11 – 3pm
Mon – Fri
10 – 4pm
11 – 3pm
How to Book
Step 1: Pick a Date!
Bring your students for a tour! Choose a date that works best for you school.
Step 2: Pick a Class!
Want to add a workshop to your tour? If so, plan for an additional 30-60 minutes at the Museum & select from the linked calendar above.
Step 3: Book Your Tour!
To book your reservation for a tour or a tour & program, click the link above.
We are located within the Via Port Rotterdam mall (formally Rotterdam Square Mall), with plenty of available parking for buses and cars. The side entrance to the aquarium from the parking lot is available for loading and unloading of buses.
To find our Group Entrance look for our aquarium mural on the outside of the mall. On the right side there is a Via Aquarium sign entry that goes into a long painted hallway. Walk down the hall and you’ll see a set of double doors on the left, that is our Group Entrance. Once admitted by the aquarium Group Coordinator, your group will be directed to the theater were our Programs and field trips begin. Please hold on to the tickets and/or receipts provided to you. To expedite the check-in process, please know the headcount of all of your students, and adults, and payment type (please have payment in one lump sum. At this time, we cannot accept purchase orders.) Please confirm details with the group coordinator at least 48 hours before your scheduled trip.
Once admitted by the aquarium Group Coordinator, your group will be directed to the theater where our Programs and field trips begin. Please hold on to the tickets and/or receipts provided to you.
Places to Eat
While food and drink are not allowed inside the aquarium, we will have areas to store lunches while you are exploring or learning from our educational programs. Public tables are available for use in the food court as well as patio tables out front by our admissions entrance. Both are open to public use and are first come first serve.
VIA|Port Rotterdam offers a wide selection of food items available in the food court or our restaurants.
We try to accommodate groups of any size. If your group is unable to fit in either our Educational Theater or the VIA Entertainment Comedy Club, there is generally space available in the VIA | Port Rotterdam Food Court. Your Group Coordinator will direct you to the best location. Please be sure to let your coordinator know ahead of time if you require a space.
Payments and Requirements
One payment method for the full group must be made at or before the time of arrival. Please have one single payment; cash, check or credit card. Please not individually. We cannot accept purchase orders but we can provide an invoice/bill of sale if needed.
• Cash, Check, or Credit Card payments are welcome. Make checks payable to Via Aquarium & place the date of your event into the “Notes/Memo” line of your check.
• If you have a Tax Exempt Form you may E-mail a copy of the form, or bring a copy the day of your field trip.
• If you are going to pay using a check, it is preferred that you pay at least 5 days in advance. Otherwise, bring the check on the day of the trip.