Programs and Tours

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Come explore with us the wonders of our aquatic world! Investigate the diversity of marine life near and far; discover how plants and animals adapt to life in the water; learn how you can make a difference to help keep our blue planet healthy. Find out more about the many educational and fun programs we offer fit for learners of all ages – from teachers and students to families, teens and adult audiences. What adventure will you choose?

Children and Family Programs

Spend part of your day at the Aquarium enjoying aquatic-themed activities that are fun and educational. Here are upcoming events for families to enjoy together:

Summer Camps

Discover summer camp at the New York Aquarium. During these week-long sessions, we offer age-appropriate experiences that build on our campers’ innate love of our blue planet. Themes change every summer, so there’s something new for your budding marine biologist year after year.

Teen Programs

Young adults with a passion for aquatic animals can learn more about marine biology career opportunities, ocean conservation, and what they can do to protect the local marine environment in our Teen Programs.

Outdoor Programs

Get involved in local marine conservation projects in and around the New York Seascape and enjoy marine-themed educational activities.


Whether you are seeking to enrich your students’ field trip to the Aquarium or a lesson in your own classroom, the New York Aquarium’s Education Department offers a wide range of programs to enhance science curricula for students from pre-school to high school.

School Programs

We offer a variety of programs that take advantage of the aquarium’s state-of-the art exhibits and resources to weave together key concepts across various disciplines to enhance your science curricula. Our NYA instructor-led programs are designed to encourage students to appreciate and make connections with our watery world through guided self-discovery, hands-on activities, and science investigations. All of our programs are aligned with the New York State Common Core Standards, the New York State Science Learning Standards, New York State Science Core Curriculum Standards, and Ocean Literacy Principles. We look forward to helping your group explore aquatic treasures near and far!

Stay Connected

Stay connected with the New York Aquarium Education team. Sign up to receive news, updates, animal highlights, and special offers.

Sign up now >>