Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Except where noted, our Educational Programs:
Although the Aquarium opens at 10 a.m., most programs are offered hourly beginning at 9 a.m. However, if you are traveling from outside Fairfield County, you should plan for later program times.
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 are available at 10 or 11 a.m. for groups of 50 or more.
The Gift Shop 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Group Financial-aid Form
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 email@example.com
Payment may be made with a single check, purchase order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or cash (large bills, please).
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. 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 1st through Oct. 15, the City of Norwalk charges a $5 bus parking fee. This fee will be included in your confirmation letter. A map will be included with your confirmation packet.
The Maritime 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: