Planning Your Trip
Explore vivid underwater worlds across 37 exhibits. From local favorites to the deepest depths of the ocean, explore our planet’s oceans and rivers all in your own backyard on this self-guided exploration. Watch our Sharks swim overhead while schools of fish surround you in our immersive tunnel tanks. Feel the soft, smooth skin of a stingray as they swim right up to your hand in Stingray Bay. Take your family on an unforgettable journey, tickets available here or at the admissions desk.
When inside, we encourage you to take your time and explore our aquarium at your own pace. The average time spent at the aquarium is approximately
For school teachers and homeschoolers alike our aquarium is a fantastic resource for all your needs. Your students can explore 25,000 square feet of oceanic treasure as your group embarks an exciting guided tour visiting over 2,000 creatures of the sea.
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 restaurantes.
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.
Our admissions desk is located inside the mall across from Via Entertainment, you can come here from any available entrance.
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.