Summer is coming. Get ready to explore the ocean with the New England Aquarium!

Harbor Discoveries is an interactive marine and environmental science program that incorporates traditional camp activities.

Programs could include behind-the-scenes activities in Aquarium galleries, excursions to Boston Harbor Islands, an adventure on a schooner, daily field trips to North Shore and South Shore habitats, and an overnight experience. Nature serves as our outdoor classroom as we travel to explore aquatic environments.

There is no other opportunity like this. "Summer camps" are common, but THIS? Out of this world! Amazing opportunity!"
- Junior Camp parent

Registration dates

* Members-only registrations begins January 8, 2018, at 9 a.m.

* General registration begins February 5, 2018, at 9 a.m.

* Scholarship applications are due March 2, 2018.


You may set up an account prior to registration dates to streamline the registration process. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted. 

Members enjoy discounts on camps! Not a member? Become a member at to take advantage of these discounts and many more opportunities associated with Aquarium membership. 


Programming schedule for 2018 

Advanced and Junior programs are SOLDOUT.
Space remains for Senior programming.

JULY 9 – 13

SENIOR: Harbor Island Hopper (Grades 6-7)
ADVANCED: Coastal Zone Studies (grades 8-9)

JULY 16 – 20

SENIOR: Mysterious Ocean (Grades 6-7) 
ADVANCED: Marine Science 101, Week 1 (Grades 8-10)

JULY 23-27

JUNIOR: New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Maniacs (Grades 4-5)
ADVANCED: Marine Science 101, Week 2 (Grades 8-10)


JUNIOR: Fishellaneous (Grades 4-5)
ADVANCED: New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Mentors (Grades 8-9)


SENIOR: Coastal Quest (Grades 6-7)
ADVANCED: Field Expedition, Week 1 (Grades 8-10)

AUGUST 13-17

SENIOR: Vibrant Vertebrates (Grades 6-7)
ADVANCED: Field Expedition, Week 2 (Grades 8-10)

 AUGUST 20-24

JUNIOR: Tidepool Trekker (Grades 4-5)
ADVANCED: Aquarist in Training (Grades 8-9) 

Camp by the numbers

  1. Programs by Age

    Juniors (campers entering grades 4 and 5)

    Seniors (campers entering grades 6 and 7)

    Advanced (campers entering grades 8 — 10)

  2. Prices—Members/Nonmembers*

    Juniors: $650/$725

    Seniors: $650/$725

    Advanced: $825-$1,550/$900-$1,650

    A $2 service fee is added to all nonmember registrations.

    *Scholarships are available. Eligibility is determined by household income.
  3. Group Sizes

    Juniors and Seniors: 32 campers

    Advanced: 10 — 12 campers

  4. Weekly Schedules

    Programs are one-week day camps that include a Thursday night overnight.**

    Monday–Wednesday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Thursday 9 a.m.–Friday 1 p.m. (includes overnight experience)


    Early drop-off beginning at 8 a.m. is available for an extra fee. This service is offered free of charge to scholarship recipients. 

    **Two Advanced programs are two weeks, with the second week featuring a four-night overnight trip.
We come to Harbor Discoveries for the science, but the compassion of your team is outstanding. We go to a lot of camps, and you guys are exceptional."
- Senior Camper Parent

General Information

  • The camp runs weekdays. Programs run for one or two weeks.
  • The camp is located at Central Wharf. Please read about our parking, drop-off, and pickup policies in our FAQs.
  • Campers must be entering grades 4-10 in the fall of 2018 to attend.
  • Needs/merit application-based scholarships for campers are available. You can help support the Aquarium programs through financial donations to the Aquarium.
  • Please register online or call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206.
  • Meals and snacks are provided. See what to bring and what to leave at home in our FAQs for more information.
  • Too old for camp? Looking for something else to do? We offer numerous ways in which teens can get involved at the New England Aquarium. Check them out at

Contact Information

For general information, please call the camp office at 617-226-2425 or email

Harbor Discoveries camp complies with regulations of Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the board of health.