Plan your field trip to the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park today! Explore aquatic life from all over the world as you travel through different aquatic habitats, without leaving Dallas. Touch a live stingray at the popular Stingray Bay, or stop by the tidal touch pool and meet some tide pool animals up close!

Reservations cannot be made during the dates of the State Fair of Texas

Aquarium Self-Guided Field Trip; Grades All levels

Cost: $4/student, $4/adult 1 free adult per 10 students, $4/additional adult. Parking at Fair Park is managed by the City of Dallas. Parking is usually free unless there is a paid event at Fair Park. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park has no control over parking fees in the event that the City of Dallas charges for parking at Fair Park.

Classroom Programs

Sea Squirts: Tidepool
Grades: PreK-K
Length: 30 minutes

Discover life in a tide pool! Feel like you are taking a journey to a tide pool as you participate in this interactive program including live animals. This Preschool through Kindergarten program introduces students to reading and animal natural history. Programs are aligned to Texas Preschool Guidelines and Kindergarten TEKS.

Cost: $150/program (1-20 students) $7.50/additional student (max of 30 students). Price includes Aquarium admission. 1 free adult per 10 students. $4/additional adult.

Aquatic Adaptations
Grades 1st-5th
Length: 45 minutes

Gills, fins, scales and tails…how are aquatic animals able to survive under water? They adapt! Learn about these special aquatic adaptations in this interactive program that includes live education animals.

Cost: $160/program (1-20 students) $8/additional student (max of 30 students). Price includes Aquarium admission. 1 free adult per 10 students. $4/additional adult.

Mollusc Lab
Grades 3rd-8th
Length: 60 minutes

Mollusc mania awaits in this hands-on, lab based program! Explore the diversity of the phylum Mollusca which contains over 85,000 species. This interactive program includes a squid dissection!

Cost: $90/program (1-10 students) $9/additional student (max of 18 students). Price includes Aquarium admission. 1 free adult per 10 students. $4/additional adult.

Guided Tour Program

Guided Tour:
Aquatic Habitats
Grades: 1st-8th
Length: 45 minutes

Salt water, fresh water, intertidal and more! In this instructor led program, students visit interactive stations throughout the Aquarium to learn more about the aquatic habitats and unique animals that inhabit each area. As students explore the aquatic habitats they will learn the importance of water quality and the conservation of water.

Cost: $160/program (1-20 students) $8.00/additional student (max 30 students). Price includes Aquarium admission. You receive 1 free adult per 10 students. $4/additional adult.

General Scheduling Information

What groups are eligible for the education admission rate?

Eligible groups include: preschools, state licensed daycares, public or private schools, homeschool groups, scouts, shelters, City of Dallas recreation centers, YMCA/YWCA, Boys/Girls Clubs, and organized college classes (where a teacher is bringing the students for a class project).

What groups are NOT eligible for the education admission rate?

Ineligible non-education groups include churches, corporations, senior citizens, Mother’s Day out, family groups, birthdays, travel companies, non City of Dallas recreation centers, non-profits, college trips (not led by teacher), etc.

Make a Reservation

Reservation forms must be received at least two (2) weeks in advance. Reservations cannot be accepted during the State Fair of Texas or on special event days (including Homeschool Day). The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Please note that April and May are high volume school group months, especially during state testing. Please plan travel and entrance times accordingly.

Our instructor-led classroom programs and guided tours can be scheduled Monday-Friday between 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM.


Admission: Payment for admission is due upon arrival. DO NOT SEND PAYMENT FOR ADMISSION AHEAD OF TIME. Credit cards, cash, or institutional checks are accepted at the ticket gate. We do not accept POs. Final head counts for admission will be made at the ticket gate on the day of your field trip. Admission will be charged for the number of students and adults present with you at that time. Instructor-led programs must be paid in full separately and at least one (1) week in advance.

Classroom Programs and Guided Tours: Full payment and all changes for instructor-led programs are due at least one (1) week prior to the scheduled date. Programs not paid by the deadline will be cancelled. An invoice will be emailed to confirm your program and will include payment details. DO NOT INCLUDE THE COST OF ADMISSION WITH YOUR PROGRAM PAYMENT. Admission must be paid separately at the ticket gate on the day of your visit.

Cancellation/Reschedule Policy

The Dallas Zoo & Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park are open rain or shine. Your reservation may be rescheduled once without penalty. Additional reschedules will be charged $25 per instance. Field trips and programs will be cancelled if DISD is closed due to severe weather. Rescheduling fees due to DISD closure will be waived. Reschedule dates should be at least two (2) weeks in advance. We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals, but we reserve the right to cancel or adjust programs as needed. All changes and requests must be submitted in writing to Education@DallasZoo.com. Refunds will not be issued for any amount under $20, for program changes/cancellations made within one (1) week of the scheduled date, or for no-show groups.

Dallas ISD ArtsPartners Funding – Your ArtsPartner voucher is NOT a field trip reservation. Your voucher number and approval amount must be included on the reservation form. Your school (and/or Big Thought/ArtsPartners if using AP funding) will be invoiced for the total reservation cost if you fail to show for your field trip/program or cancel within one (1) week of the scheduled date.

Code of Conduct

Teachers and chaperones will be held responsible for student conduct. Any behavior that endangers the safety of our animals, staff or other visitors will result in your group being expelled from our facility.

  • DO have students wear nametags that include their name, school, and teacher’s name (no safety pins)
  • DO stay with their assigned chaperones at all times.
  • DO understand that animals, like us, need rest and privacy. If an animal is not visible, check back later.
  • DO pick up your trash. Please dispose of garbage in trash or recycling bins.
  • DO stay on pathways.
  • DO walk, not run.
  • DO use quiet voices.
  • Do be patient and look all around the exhibit. Animals are adapted to blend in with their surroundings. They may be resting nearby.
  • DON'T feed animals. They are on a carefully balanced diet.
  • DON'T climb on rocks, walls, or fences.
  • DON'T deface Zoo or Aquarium property.
  • DON'T pick plants or flowers.
  • DON'T tap on exhibit glass, scream, spit and/or throw objects of any kind into exhibits. This behavior is disrespectful and will not be tolerated.

Reservation Form

Chaperone Guide

Field Trip Planner

TEKS and Resource Guide

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The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to change pricing and policies without notice.

The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours. Contact us at Education@DallasZoo.com or 469.554.7300.