General Information and Reservations
OdySea Aquarium welcomes Preschool through 12th grade public, private, charter, and homeschool students. School tours are self-guided tours that take 2 hours or more. No outside food or drink is permitted inside the aquarium, and there is not a place to store your lunches. Field trips can be scheduled any day with arrival times between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Please call 480-291-8246 if you have any questions.
If you are a homeschool group please visit this page.
Minimum group size is 20. Maximum group size is 125 per 15 minute entry time. Groups may have larger numbers but must stagger their entry times by at least 15 minutes.
Discounted price for school tours is $15.25 plus tax ($16.47) per student; chaperones are no charge within the appropriate ratio.
Student ratio is one adult chaperone for every five students (1:5) for preschool thru 2nd grade. For 3rd thru 12th grade, student ratio is one adult chaperone for every ten students (1:10). Chaperones within this ratio are included at no cost. Part of these included chaperones needs to be teachers and aides, the remainder can be parents. Any additional adults are welcome to join at the discounted rate of $25 plus tax ($26.99) each , but must prepay the school to receive the discounted price. Any additional chaperones who do not prepay with the school will be required to pay the regular admission price. Bus Drivers are admitted at no cost.
Admission is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation. Payment methods are school purchase order, credit card, school check, or cash. Purchase order is due two weeks prior to the date of the field trip.
Lead teacher who is checking in must bring the completed check-in sheet and make final payment at the ticket window for all students and chaperones.
If you are looking to book a homeschool field trip please visit this page.
Plan Your Trip
Frequently Asked Questions
Make A Reservation
Due to the number of requests, please allow 5-7 business days for a representative to get back to you to confirm the date.
Please note that an OdySea Aquarium representative will contact you to coordinate your reservation.
To reserve your field trip, please fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request Form above. Once we receive this form, you will be sent confirmation and payment details. Tours are expected to take 2 hours or more.
If you are a Summer Camp or Scout program, please complete the Group Tour Reservation Form.
Title One Scholarship
SPRING & FALL 2018 SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOW CLOSED. No more applications will be accepted. Scholarships for Spring 2019 are still being accepted.
OdySea Aquarium receives funding periodically from generous donors dedicated to education. These funds from corporations, foundations, and individuals are donated to the 501(c)3 OdySea Aquarium Foundation, which then awards field trip scholarships for classes from Title One schools to come to OdySea Aquarium for a self-guided tour. Title One School designation must come from Arizona Department of Education and is based on at least 50% of the students being eligible for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. The scholarship funds are limited and are available on a first come, first-served basis.
If you teach at a Title One school and would like to be considered for a scholarship for your class to come on a self-guided field trip to OdySea Aquarium, please complete the form below. Please note that there are limited scholarships and application does not guarantee an award. If your class is selected, you will be sent an award letter by email.
Mondays and Tuesdays are our preferred days for schools requesting a scholarship.
- Minimum group size is 20 and maximum scholarship award is for 100 students.
- If awarded a scholarship, it will cover the full cost of the student self-guided field trip admission (up to the maximum number of students awarded on the scholarship). Adult chaperones are free within a 1:5 ratio for preschool through 2nd grade and 1:10 ratio for 3rd grade through 12th grade. Additional adults outside these ratios are $25 + tax ($26.99) and are not covered by the OdySea Aquarium Scholarship. Additional students above the maximum number awarded by the scholarship will be required to pay the discounted student admission price of $15.25 + tax each.
Changes to a reservation must be obtained no later than one week in advance. Group contact must call (480) 800-3000, ext. 206. Due to donation requirements, usage timelines, and available funds, approval for any increase in the number of students must be obtained in advance. Groups arriving with an unauthorized group size will need to submit payment for the additional students and/or adults upon arrival. Cash, business check, credit card or PO will be accepted.