Plan an unforgettable field trip
Your students will dive into a world of wonder and water, with a wide array of educational exhibits and programs. Journey down the waters of the Cape Fear River from freshwater streams to the open ocean. Meet thousands of aquatic animals from across the state and around the world.
Students discover alligators, venomous snakes, jellyfish, sea turtles, sharks and an ocean of fish. Touch pools, interactive exhibits and an outdoor play area invite even more exploration.
Our auditorium seats 150 for live animal presentations and other programs. Options for your field trip include self-guided tours, special activities and presentations.
FREE ADMISSION FOR NC SChools
Children and teachers/staff in registered North Carolina school groups are admitted at no charge if the group is registered two weeks in advance (N.C. Home Schools see tab below). Early registration is recommended. The Aquarium is a popular destination and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The admission fee for registered parent chaperones is $8 per person (tax not included for paying parents).
Eligible schools in North Carolina include:
- Public and private elementary and secondary schools
- Community and technical colleges
- Public and private colleges and universities
- Charter schools
NC School Request Form Scavenger Hunts Home Schools
Tips for Teachers
Aquarium educator Andy Gould shares his top tips for getting the most out of your field trip to the Aquarium.
Register for a field trip
Apply for Aquarium Scholars Mini-Grants
Educational Programs and Activities
For more information and questions concerning field trips, please contact the Registrar at (910) 772-0542 or e-mail [email protected].