Last Minute Field Trips

Must have at least 15 persons to qualify for discount.

Adult

Mon - Thurs
$16
$ 14
  • Full Day Admission

Adult

Fri - Sun
$19
$ 17
  • Full Day Admission

Child

Everyday
$10
$ 8
  • Full Day Admission

Child
UNDER 4

Everyday
FREE
  • Full Day Admission

Last Minute Field Trips

We at VIA Aquarium understand that with planning a Summer Camp Program, so much is dependent on the weather. There’s nothing like a group of campers on a bus arriving at their field trip destination just to be told it’s rained out or canceled. We are confident that we can provide an entertaining and educational rain free experience!
 
For a last minute booking we do ask to give us as much notice as possible as we may have groups already booked on these days. This too may help alleviate a wait time when you arrive in case we are close to capacity. We know we can make a very stressful situation less stressful for you, and provide your campers with a memorable trip! 

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

AgesRatio
0 – 4
1 adult per 3 students
5 – 12
1 adult per 5 students
13 – 17
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.

Available Times

Mon – Fri

10 – 4pm

Sun

11 – 3pm

Mon – Fri

10 – 4pm

Sun

11 – 3pm

Contact Us To Reserve

You Must Contact Our Education Department To Access Discounted Pricing:

Email us at:
education@ViaAquariumNY.com

If your trip is on the same day please contact us via phone at:
(518) 280 5100 .ext 101

Directions

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, we will have a brief orientation. 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.

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. Individual payments will not be accepted. 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.