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At The Aquarium

Group Admission

We offer discounted admission rates and free chaperones for schools, homeschools or other youth organizations that meet certain requirements and strive to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for your group.

Group with Beluga whale
In order to qualify for school/youth group admission rates, you must meet the following criteria:
  • At least 10 paying guests. (Children under 2 do not apply.)
  • Group admission must be reserved at least two weeks in advance, and purchased at least one week in advance, in one payment transaction. (Please note that the reservations office is open Monday-Friday.)
  • All youth arrive and enter the gates with their adult chaperone on the date and within the hour that was purchased.
Aquarium School/Youth Group Admission Only Rates

Please note that seasonal pricing applies.

September – May: $16/student (under 18) & June – August: $20/student (under 18)

1 free adult chaperone per 5 students in Pre-K-grade 12

1 free adult chaperone per 20 students of higher education

September – May: $20/adult and for additional chaperones & June – August: $25/adult and for additional chaperones

Join Us For A Unique Classroom Experience While Here!

  • Enjoy fun, active learning with hands-on investigations of live animals and rare biofacts.
  • Inspire scientific literacy and inquiry, encouraging students to think critically and creatively. 
  • Promote interest and understanding of STEM with hands-on applications of science.
  • Support Common Core and 3-Dimensional Learning of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • We offer a variety of Classroom Programs for Pre-K to grade 12. Click below for more information!

Classroom Programs at Mystic Aquarium

Monday – Friday Cost: $75 per program for up to 25 students plus school/youth group admissions.

Saturday – Sunday Cost: $150 per program for up to 25 students plus school/youth group admissions. Times offered 10:00am or 1:00pm.

Whether at the aquarium or at your location, each classroom program...
  • is immersive and FUN, including 15 minutes of a “Touch & Learn” session with live invertebrates!
  • is 45 minutes long.
  • can accommodate up to 25 students per program.
  • must be reserved at least three weeks prior to the program date.
  • can be reserved Monday-Friday to start on the half-hour from 9:30 to 3:30. Weekend program times vary depending on location. Later times can also be requested. Earlier times can be requested for programs at the Aquarium only.
  • must be paid at least two weeks in advance of the program. Payment cannot be accepted on the day of the program by instructors or at the gate.
  • cannot be refunded if a cancellation is made within two weeks of the program date.
  • Note that we also offer the option of an onsite educational, private touch tank for groups that need a shorter classroom program (30 minutes,) and/or would prefer to have just the “Touch & Learn” experience for their students. Full classroom program pricing applies. (Please refer to pricing structure listed above.)

Add on a Sea Lion Training Session to your visit.

Learn directly from the animal care staff and our California sea lions about how and why we train our animals in this 30-minute session. This program includes about 15 minutes of training basics and tools, 10 minutes with a sea lion demonstration of those techniques, and five minutes for Q & A. Programs take place in the Foxwoods Marine Theater. Programs accommodate multiple groups until maximum is reached. Please contact us for pricing, see below.

California sea lion

Click HERE for a checklist to help you plan a visit to Mystic Aquarium. 

PROGRAM REGISTRATION:

After reviewing the Classroom Program Topics, please complete the form in the button below to request a reservation for a group visit and education programs whether at the Aquarium, at your location or through distance learning. If you need more information or a quote for multiple/package programs, please contact us at EducationInfo@MysticAquarium.org or 860.572.5955 x431.

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