We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and got a chance to investigate, interact with and, of course, learn about."
Looks closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).
Details and FAQ for Your Field Trip Visit to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Connecticut
Except where noted, our educational programs:
Run 45 minutes.
Require a 7:1 student-to-chaperone ratio.
Are for up to 28 students.
Cost $110 in addition to Aquarium admission. All programs must be prepaid at the time of reservation.
Must be booked four weeks in advance.
Although the Aquarium opens at 10 a.m., most programs are offered hourly beginning at 9 a.m. However, if you are traveling from outside Fairfield County, you should plan for later program times.
Groups of more than 28 students may reserve different programs at the same time or the same program at different hours.
The Maritime Aquarium requires that one adult (21 years or older) accompany every seven children in your group. Chaperones must remain with students at all times, including during programs. Chaperones are admitted free to the Aquarium & programs and pay just $6.00 for an IMAX movie. Additional chaperones above the 7:1 ratio pay a discounted fee as extra adults.
All programs must be reserved and prepaid at least four weeks in advance. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, between 9:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Have Ready ...
Name, phone number and cell phone number of the teacher or group leader coming on the day of your group’s visit.
Name, address & two phone numbers of your school or organization.
Grade level(s) of the group.
Numbers of students, chaperones and extra adults.
First, second and third choices for the date of your visit.
Times you expect to arrive and depart.
Program(s) you want and the time(s) you prefer.
IMAX movie you want to see and the time.
Preferred 30-minute Oyster Hall lunch period.
E-mail address & evening phone number.
Payment method (if reserving a program). Have a P.O. or credit card number handy. All programs must be prepaid at the time of reservation.
Payment may be made with a single check, purchase order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or cash (large bills, please).
Aquarium and/or IMAX visits: Payment is due upon arrival. Advance reservations are required to receive group rates.
If you are reserving any program from this brochure, full payment or purchase order for the program is due at the time of reservation. (Aquarium admission is due upon arrival.)
After student dropoff at the Aquarium, bus parking is in Veterans Park, a city park just across the Norwalk River from the Aquarium. Please note that from May – October, the City of Norwalk charges a $5 bus parking fee. This fee will be included in your confirmation letter.
Box lunches must be prepaid. Contact the Aquarium’s food service operator, CulinArt, at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2217.
If you must cancel a prepaid Aquarium/IMAX visit, refunds are available. However, all IMAX cancellations (prepaid or not) must be made at least two business days before your visit. IMAX cancellations made within 24 hours of your visit and “no shows” are billed for the price of the tickets. If you have reserved an educational program and must cancel, notify our Reservations Department at least four weeks in advance, or your payment will be forfeited. If you arrive late for a program, it may be abbreviated or cancelled without refund.
If your school is closed or delayed because of the weather, please call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206 (ext. 1101 before or after hours) as soon as possible. Leave a phone number so we can follow up and help to reschedule your visit. If that’s not possible, refunds are issued if your school or the Aquarium is closed or has a delayed opening because of bad weather.
Most schools utilize buses. However, the Aquarium is within walking distance of the South Norwalk train station, so consider riding MetroNorth Railroad, which makes the field trip even more exciting and environmentally friendly, as well as less expensive. For details on the MetroNorth option, call (212) 499-4398.
Lunch is not included with your visit. Pack lunches and eat at adjacent Oyster Shell Park or:
Store and eat your bag lunches in our Oyster Hall (reservation required). Lunch times are assigned in 30-minute blocks (which includes your clean-up time) on a first-come, first-served basis when you make a reservation. (Maximum 150 people per 30 minutes.)
Purchase lunches in the 160-seat Cascade Cafe cafeteria on the second floor. (Upon arrival, please let our staff know if more than 10 in your group will be buying lunch.)
The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment, it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.
10 North Water Street Norwalk, CT 06854 Phone: 203.852.0700 Fax: 203.838.5416
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation