Field Trips

Field Trips

Plan a Field Trip at the San Antonio Aquarium

The San Antonio Aquarium field trips provide augmented, age-specific teachings for pre- and post-visit study for San Antonio area PreK – College students.

San Antonio Aquarium hopes to inspire a new generation of ocean explorers and conservationists from Greater San Antonio through education and shared experiences with live animals in order to create an ever-expanding appreciation for our planet’s oceans, rainforests and deserts.  The experience will instill respect and awe for species they don’t see every day.  Students will expand their understanding of our ecosystems as they engage all five senses for maximized learning.

The newest attraction to San Antonio with over 30 exhibits and more than 2500 animal species! Come interact with sharks, stingrays, sea jellies, octopuses, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fascinating tropical and cold water fish, and so much more!


Book and take your Field Trip prior to December 15 and get $1 OFF PER STUDENT!

(Not applicable for Title 1 Schools.)

Homeschoolers have special days set aside form Homeschool Field Trips.  During 2017, the dates will be:

10 a.m. in the fall months:  September 12, October 3, November 7.
1 p.m. in the winter months:  December 5, January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1.

See below under the pricing section for more details about Homeschool Field Trip sizes, length of tours, etc.  Homeschoolers, contact the aquarium to reserve your date by phoning us at 210-310-3210 or by email.

The San Antonio Aquarium offers a wide variety of educational programs for field trips led by the aquarium’s staff of educators, biologists and aquarists.  Field trips will include many hands-on activities as well as age-specific programming.  Experience invertebrates (sea stars, urchins, anemones, and more) native to the Oregon Coastline and areas of the South and Central Pacific.

The San Antonio Aquarium provides teachers and students with access to interactive educational opportunities. For the first time, Texans will be able to learn about the ocean and get a good look at its strange and wonderful inhabitants without having to make a trip out to the coast.

Please let our staff know about any special requirements such as special educational needs, if your group is studying a topic we can include in our presentation, if your group is working toward a badge, patch, loop or rank, or if there are any special language requirements.

To enhance your field trip experience, you are encouraged to spend some time after the tour just exploring at your own pace. The following post offers tips for maximizing your day at the Aquarium: “How to Ensure Your Children’s Aquarium Visit is an Amazing Experience!” Click to read it now.


  • $6.95 per person / $100 deposit required to hold your spot. Remainder paid at door. $4.95 for Title 1 schools.
  • FALL SEMESTER SPECIAL:  Book and take your field trip prior to December 15 and get $1 OFF per student (not applicable for Title 1 schools).
  • $2.00 per person – add I-Guana Jump to your field trip. (A $6.95 per person discount!)
  • All state certified teachers with teacher ID badge pay no admission.
  • Minimum 15 people.  Groups over 25 please call or email us so we can ensure your experience is a quality one! 

Note:  If you are a tax-exempt entity, be sure to select the appropriate booking when making your online reservation above.  You will be required to provide your tax exempt ID.

Internship Program

If you desire to have an internship at the San Antonio Aquarium, please email us at

Large groups are eligible for private entry as early as 9 a.m. Field trip pricing is good for all PreK – 12th Grade students regardless of the size of the group (educational institutions, certified child care, home school, YMCA, or any other legitimately certified groups of children). Please show certification at the door.

Low-income school districts may qualify for up to $2 per person discounts via our scholarship fund.

Homeschool children are not required to have a 15 person minimum. The educational tour will be shorter for smaller groups, typically 15-20 minutes depending on group. Homeschoolers are encouraged to pair up with other homeschoolers or contact the aquarium on which date you prefer and they will gladly pair you up with others interested in that day.

In order to keep our Field Trip schedule running smoothly and on time in addition to accommodating all our groups, please try and be as punctual as possible and arrive only at your appointment time. If you find that you are running late, please call the aquarium at 210-310-3210 so we can adjust our schedule as it likely will affect our other field trips. We may not be able to accommodate your party more than 15 minutes before your scheduled arrival time. To help expedite your check-in process please keep students on the bus until an Education Specialist has come to direct your group.

For further information on our field trip program, please email us.

The kids loved the tour and the sponsors seemed to enjoy it also. I believe we may be looking at making this our annual First Grade field trip. Thank you so much for all your help and patience with me. It was a wonderful experience. …..First Grade, Elementary School

We were so blown away by the awesome staff you have at the San Antonio Aquarium. Your staff was amazing and made it not only a fun tour but a very educational one. We will definitely be back again!!! ……Andrea H.

Hello, We had a blast at our new aquarium. The students learned so much about so many different amphibians, birds and fish. Our students loved the idea that they were allowed to interact with the animals. It was a great way to make this field trip a memorable one. My class named the yellow fish in the shark pool, Mango. If you look closely you agree he looks like a ripened mango. Thank you for having us. More of our grade levels are coming your way. …..Mary Helen G.