We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).



Group Reservations Form to Book Your Field Trip Visit to The Maritime Aquarium and IMAX theater

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The Maritime Aquarium requires that one adult (21 years or older) accompany every seven children in your group. Chaperones must remain with students at all times, including during programs. Chaperones are admitted free to the Aquarium & programs and pay just $6.50 for an IMAX movie. Additional chaperones above the 7:1 ratio pay a discounted fee as extra adults.
Your group should arrive 30 minutes before the start of your first scheduled event (program, IMAX movie, etc.). Please factor for rush-hour traffic.
Allow at least an hour to explore all exhibits. Seal Shows are at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 & 3:45 p.m. daily.

IMAX movies play on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. and are about 40 minutes long. Special screenings of any film in our IMAX library (Details ...) are available at 10 or 11 a.m. for groups of 50 or more.

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We feature a broad book selection and interactive audio/ video stations. Teachers receive a 10 percent teacher discount on resource materials.

Call reservations at (203) 852-0700, ext 2206, Monday through Friday between 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Email us at


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All programs must be reserved and prepaid at least four weeks in advance. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, between 9:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or e-mail at

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  • Name, phone number, cell phone number and email address of the teacher or group leader coming on the day of your group’s visit.
  • Name, address & two phone numbers of your school or organization.
  • Grade level(s) or ages of the group.
  • Numbers of students, chaperones and extra adults who will attend.
  • First, second and third choices for the date of your visit.
  • Times you expect to arrive and depart.
  • Program(s) you want and the time(s) you prefer.
  • IMAX movie you want to see and preferred time.
  • If desired, your preferred 20-minute Oyster Hall lunch period.
  • Payment method (if reserving a program). Have a P.O. or credit card number handy. All programs must be prepaid at the time of reservation.
Payment may be made with a single check, purchase order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or cash (large bills, please).

  • Aquarium and/or IMAX visits: Payment is due upon arrival. Advance reservations are required to receive group rates.
  • If you are reserving any Educational Program, full payment or purchase order for the program is due at the time of reservation. (Aquarium admission is due upon arrival.)
  • Final attendance numbers must be called in to our Reservations Dept. at least 72 hours prior to your field trip. All unused wristbands must be returned at check-in or otherwise will be charged. Once group leader has finalized the contract, there can be no further changes.
  • After student dropoff at the Aquarium, bus parking is in Veterans Park, a city park just across the Norwalk River from the Aquarium. Please note that from May through October, the City of Norwalk charges a $5 bus parking fee. This fee will be included in your confirmation letter.
  • Box lunches are available but must be prepaid. Contact the Aquarium’s food service operator, CulinArt, at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2217.

Soon after making your reservation, you’ll receive a confirmation packet containing your contract, information on entrance procedures and your admission wristbands. Admission wristbands must be worn by everyone during your visit.

PLEASE NOTE:  there will be a $50 replacement fee if you lose or forget your wristbands.

If you have not received your confirmation packet within two weeks of your reservation, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

If you must cancel a prepaid Aquarium/IMAX visit, refunds are available. However, all IMAX cancellations (prepaid or not) must be made at least two business days before your visit. IMAX cancellations made within 24 hours of your visit and “no shows” are billed for the price of the tickets.
If you have reserved an educational program and must cancel, notify our Reservations Department at least four weeks in advance, or your payment will be forfeited.
If you arrive late for a program, it may be abbreviated or cancelled without refund.

If your school is closed or has a delayed opening because of inclement weather, please call us as soon as possible (at any hour) and leave a message.

Before 10 a.m., call (203) 852-0700, ext. 1101.

Between 10 a.m. & 5 p.m., call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

Be sure to leave a phone number. We'll make every effort to reschedule your visit.

Most schools utilize buses. However, the Aquarium is within walking distance of the South Norwalk train station, so consider riding MetroNorth Railroad, which makes the field trip even more exciting and environmentally friendly, as well as less expensive. For details on the MetroNorth option, call (212) 499-4398.

Please note: there is $5 per/bus parking fee.

Lunch is not included with your visit. Pack lunches and eat at adjacent Oyster Shell Park or:

  • Store and eat your bag lunches in our Oyster Hall (reservation required). Lunch times are assigned in 20-minute blocks (which includes your clean-up time) on a first-come, first-served basis when you make a reservation. (Maximum 150 people at a time.)
  • Purchase lunches in the 160-seat Cascade Cafe on the second floor. (Upon arrival, please let our staff know if more than 10 in your group will be buying lunch.)
  • Order in advance prepackaged box lunches to eat in the cafeteria. Box lunches must be prepaid. Lunch order forms are available by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2217, or by e-mailing

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect
the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits,
marine science, and environmental education.

10 North Water Street  •  Norwalk, CT 06854
Tel: 203-852-0700

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

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