The Crown Jewel of Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor is The Aquarium
Become scientific explorers and marine biologists at the National Aquarium in Baltimore where students can discover enigmatic sea creatures and intriguing natural curiosities
A visit to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland is like stepping into an underwater world full of extraordinary aquatic flora and fauna moving all around you. Immerse in marine science through interactive exhibits and cultivate a life-long appreciation for nautical habitats and scientific discovery.
Our nation’s first public aquarium has been educating visitors since 1873 upon its inception. After several relocations, the National Aquarium found a permanent home in Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor on August 8, 1981, instantly becoming the crown jewel of Baltimore.
On weekdays during the Baltimore City school year (early September through late June), student groups in grades pre-K through twelve can partake in age-appropriate aquarium adventures that align with Next Generation Science Standards and STEAM. These special passports offer students an exciting close-up exploration of inhabitants and their environments in the Atlantic Coral Reef, the wilds of Australia and other hydro environments worldwide.
Learners on class trips will get the chance to investigate diverse animals and marine life and establish an appreciation for science through curriculum-pertinent programs. Get hands-on at structured lab activities guided by aquarium experts. Some of the critters students can discover include sea creatures, rescued animals and other intriguing living things. Explore Maryland’s backyard to learn about local nature or get lost in the rainforest and help preserve a vital natural wonder through their outreach program.
Curriculum-supported biology and science programs follow STEAM concepts that bring science to life for every learner. Revered as the nation’s aquarium, it’s the perfect place to bring school groups for a memorable educational experience.
The National Aquarium provides many educator resources including 60-minute teacher orientations to help make the most of your field trip. They also invite educators to utilize their thoughtful Pre-trip Planning Packet, Parent Pre-Field Trip Letter in Spanish and English, a post-trip student questionnaire and age-determined scavenger hunts.
Chaperones are required to accompany students on field trips to the aquarium free of charge. The ratio of adults to students is determined by grade level and ranges from one chaperone per every five to ten students.
Special Group Rates
School field trip groups of 15 students or more are eligible for discounted rates. The maximum group size for Pre-K and Kindergarten is 60 group members and 125 students per group in grades first through twelve.
For more information about bringing your next field trip to the National Aquarium, visit https://aqua.org/visit/groups and start planning your aquatic adventure today. The National Aquarium is located at 501 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland.