Activities during the trip can help kids focus on what’s important — and remember what they see.
Programs for Field Trips
Add a range of programs to your Aquarium visit, including classes, films, guided tours behind the scenes, or excursions on a New England Aquarium Whale Watch.
Add a Simons Theatre film to your field trip
Amazing super-sized films will take your students where they’ve only dreamed of going—on incredible journeys to the bottom of the sea, outer space, and almost everywhere in between. The films provide students of all ages with larger-than-life experiences, perfect for capturing the imagination and interest of young minds. Concession packs and teacher guides for films are also available.
Teachers and groups visiting the Aquarium may:
- Arrange to see a movie
- Ask about showing a film from our library
- Get Teacher Resource Guides for individual films
For field trips, a 50% nonrefundable deposit is due 30 days before your arrival date, and the remaining balance is due one week before arrival. See our field trip pricing and payment policies for more information.
Whale Watch for Field TripsWant to see where we keep the really big animals? Join us for an incredible whale watching experience!
Have your entire group assemble on the plaza near the Whale Watch/Group Check-In booth while the head chaperone checks in. Chaperones must remain with their group at all times.
Please make sure everyone in your group knows how to get ready for a whale watch, including proper clothing. For more information, please see our main Whale Watch page or contact Reservations at 617-973-5206.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours for Field Trips
Imagine what it takes to run the New England Aquarium. From making sure animals are healthy to inspecting tanks and introducing new animals into the exhibits, our biologists work hard every day to make sure the Aquarium runs efficiently.
Now it’s your turn to get a sneak peek into the life behind the glass. Join an educator for a personalized Behind-the-Scenes Tour of one of our many galleries. You’ll learn what the animals eat, how their tanks are maintained, and many other tidbits.
- Offered for grades 3-5 and grades 6-12
- Limited to 10 people per tour
- Can be a program for an Aquarium field trip
- Involves live animals
- Also offered for nonschool groups
Activities for Field Trips
To make the most of your field trip and reinforce what your students will learn, there are connected activities you can do before, during, and after the field trip.
Pre-Field Trip Activity
Try a teacher guide for a more comprehensive look at an animal or topic.
Pre- or Post-Field Trip Activity
Suggestions for Families to do at Home
Get parents involved by suggesting activities for students to do at home; these activities can also be easily adapted for the classroom.
During the Field Trip
Enhance your visit to the New England Aquarium, and help chaperones feel confident about leading a group, with these chaperone guides. Each are designed to build science skills and group discussion by providing guiding questions to explore during your visit. Select the grade span and topic that best supports your classroom curriculum or field trip goals.
Grade level guides: