Tips for a Great Field Trip

Planning your field trip:

Plan ahead, Late March – Early June is a very busy time at the aquarium. For a less crowded visit request a date in October – March.

In order to provide the best experience for all students we ask for you to consider the following recommendations:

  • Pre-K – K are recommended to visit in the fall and winter months
  • 7th – 12th Grades are recommended to visit Mondays and Tuesdays
  • 1st – 6th Grades are recommended to visit Wednesdays – Fridays

When requesting a date, please have a few options as reservations for self-guided tours and special activity programs are scheduled on a first-com, first served basis.

Register early! Dates for popular special activity programs often are booked months in advance.

Schedule a field trip by either calling 910-458-7468 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, e-mailing or faxing the registration form to 910-458-8464. Once we have scheduled your field trip a confirmation letter will be send to you either by e-mail, fax, or mail.

Once Registered:

Be sure to verify your confirmation letter, if any changes need to be made please contact the aquarium as soon as possible.

Book bus transportation to the aquarium. Please plan for an extra 30 minutes of travel time.

Please let teachers and chaperones know that you are responsible for your students behavior inside the aquarium.

Please be sure that your students are prepared for any special activities that you are joining us for. If you are joining us for an Outdoor Exploration, click here for guidelines.

Contact the aquarium about any special lesson plans or activities we can help you with. The aquarium offers scavenger hunts and other activities for all grade levels. Click here for more information about lesson planning.

Please contact the aquarium at least 3 business days prior to your trip to confirm number of students, teachers, and chaperones as well as time of arrival. If you need to reschedule your trip please call 910-458-7468.

Cancellation must be received at least 24 hours before your program reservation to avoid being billed for full program/participant fees.

Day of Visit:

Please plan to arrive at the aquarium on time for your self-guided tour or special activity. If you are early or running late, you may be asked to wait.

Late arrivals for special activities may cause us to shorten or cancel your program. If you are running late please call 910-458-8257 x0 to ensure that our staff is prepared for your arrival.

When arriving at the aquarium please pull the bus around to the front of the aquarium, Security will brief students for a few minutes on how to behave inside the aquarium. Once all students are safely unloaded, Security will direct the bus driver to bus parking.

Please have one representative from your group check in with Visitor Services with the confirmation letter, final head count, and any fees that are due. All program fees are due on the day of your field trip at the time of your arrival. Parent Chaperones can pay discounted admission fees at any window or monies may be collected by the school and a check can be written to North Carolina Aquariums.

No refunds will be issued for any amount less than $50.00. Any overage will be counted as a donation to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.