Field Trips 2018-05-25T11:31:51+00:00

Field Trips

We are thrilled that you have chosen Via Aquarium for a group 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 note that you must reserve your trip. Scroll down for more information.

Available times for field trips:

Mon – Fri:

10am – 4pm

Sun:

11am – 3pm

Pre – K

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. To qualify for School Group prices, the group must be from a public, private, or homeschool and consist of a minimum of 15 total attendees. Groups esceeding 125 persons must be split into multiple groups.

Note: At this time only a maxiumum of 2 Teachers Passes can be used per pre-k group.

Per Student $8
Per Chaperone/Adult $10(weekdays)               $15(weekends)

Required Chaperone Ratio

Student Age
Ratio
0-4 1 adult per 3 students
5-12 1 adult per 5 students
Special needs 1 adult per 5 students

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.

K-12 + Homeschool

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.

Homeschool
To qualify for School Group prices, the group must be from a public, private or homeschool and consist of a minimum of 15 total attendees grades K – 12.

Note: Groups esceeding 125 persons must be split into multiple groups.

Per Student $8
Per Chaperone/Adult $10(weekdays)               $15(weekends)

Required Chaperone Ratio

Grades Ratio
K-5 1 adult per 5 students
6-12 1 adult per 10 students
Special needs 1 adult per 5 students

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.

Collegiate

From environmental science to fine arts, our aquarium is sure to be an unforgettable experience to add to your student curriculum no matter their major.

Per Person            $12(weekdays)    $15(weekends)

Summer Camps & Others

Sumer camps & others must fill out their form on out “groups” tab.

Go to Groups Tab

Parking and Directions

We are located within the Via Port Rotterdam mall, with plenty of available parking for buses and cars. The 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 restaurantes.

VIA|Port Rotterdam Mall Map

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.

  • 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.
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