Cruises and Boat Tours
Cruises and Boat Tours
Welcome to Shoreline Sightseeing
More Boats, More Tours, More Chicago!
Sailing Chicago’s waterways since 1939, Shoreline Sightseeing has been one the best ways to explore and discover Chicago! Family owned for three generations, shoreline sightseeing today operates Chicago’s largest and most diverse boat touring fleet with nine major touring vessels and 11 water taxis.
Come discover Chicago’s vibrant history, famous architecture and breathtaking skyline on a variety of cruise and tour options available. Shoreline offers classic Skyline Tours on Lake Michigan, guided Architecture Cruises on the Chicago River, dramatic Fireworks Cruises, guided River Ride/City Walk Architecture Tours and special events.
Shoreline Water Taxis make fast, fun connections between Chicago’s major touring destinations including Navy Pier, the Michigan Avenue Bridge, Willis Tower/Union Station and Chicago’s Museum Campus. You can also call on Shoreline Charters for memorable events from casual get-together, to corporate meetings, to special celebrations for family, friends and groups. We invite you to explore Chicago with us and we look forward to welcoming you on a Shoreline Sightseeing cruise or tour!
Summer Camp & Scout Group Field Trips
Shoreline Sightseeing’s fun, convenient and informative field trips have been specially designed to give camp & scout groups a memorable experience! From 45-minute Lake Tours to one-hour Architecture Cruises, your campers will come away with a new appreciation of a city that literally rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire!
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Waterfront Adventure for Camp & Scout Groups
Shoreline’s Waterfront Adventure from Navy Pier combines an exciting 45-minute Lake Michigan boat tour with a professional narration on Chicago’s dramatic history. Your students will learn about milestones in Chicago’s growth including the reversing of the Chicago River and the construction of famous museums such as the Shedd Aquarium.
Waterfront Adventure Tours operate in the spring at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday with additional times of 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. once they are full. Vessel capacity is 150-250 people.
Architecture Exploration Cruises For Camp & Scout Groups
Shoreline’s Architecture Cruises on the Chicago River are a popular option for older students. These one-hour tours are led by professional docents who explain how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 to become the home of the skyscraper and the birthplace of modern architecture. Cruises include more than 40 famed landmarks including works by Helmut Jahn and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Architecture Exploration Cruises operate in the spring at 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. Vessel Capacity is 100 for 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. departures and 200 for 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Shoreline’s Skyline Lake Tour
Shoreline’s Skyline Lake Tour, a traditional half-hour Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise available from April through October, makes a memorable group event! Special rates are available for groups of 20 or more. See all of Chicago’s fabulous lakefront sights with a convenient half-hour boat ride from any of our convenient, lakefront docks.Learn about Chicagos colorful history and famous landmarks as you enjoy the panorama of Chicagos famous skyline! These cruises depart from our docks at Navy Pier.
Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time.
|Rates – Groups Weekdays & Daytime only|
|Seniors (ages 65 and over)||$11|
|Rates shown for group of 20 or more. Weekend K-8 rates for children 12 and under only. Some black-out dates may apply. Groups and Tour operators must book directly through our group sales department at 312-222-9328.|
About Group Tours:
- Reservations are not guaranteed without a deposit and a signed contract.
- A confirmation will be sent via fax or email.
- Advance booking required (two business-days) and popular times sell out fast!
- Payments may be made by cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express).
- Final Payment and minimum guest count is due two weeks before the tour.
Shoreline Sightseeing Docking Map and Boarding Locations
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Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
“The World’s Most Famous Boat Ride, Year-Round”
Since 1945, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has hosted over 60 million passengers in New York. Today, Circle Line is the only cruise line dedicated exclusively to sightseeing, with vessels made of steel and over-sized glass windows that offer magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline, all year round. Owned and operated by New York Cruise Lines Inc., New York’s oldest and largest provider of scheduled and chartered sightseeing and special event cruises, Circle Line is recognized as one of the most famous boat rides in the world.
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Sightseeing Tour Options
All Circle Line vessels offer first-class service, the best viewing opportunities and an entertaining, informative tour given by professional guides.
Depart on Circle Line’s most popular cruise year round and discover Manhattan like the great explorers. Take in over 101 city sights, including a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty and:
Cruise Duration: 2.5 Hours (approx.)
- The Octagon
- Randall’s Island
- High Bridge Park
- Columbia University
- Gracie Mansion
- South Street Seaport
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Yankee Stadium
- The Cloisters
- Grant’s Tomb
- The Little Red Lighthouse And more!
Experience the grandeur of midtown and lower Manhattan. Witness magnificent views of the world’s premier skyline and a “close encounter” of the best kind with the Statue of Liberty. The Circle Line passes every sight two times, making this cruise ideal for getting just the “right” photo of your favorite landmarks, including:
Cruise Duration: 1.5 Hours (approx.)
- USS Intrepid Pier
- Hoboken Pier
- Pier 54 (Titanic Pier)
- Newport Center
- Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
- Battery Park
- The Museum Of Jewish Heritage
- Ellis Island
- Wall Street
- South Street Seaport and Museum
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Chrysler Building
- Empire State Building
- World Financial Center
- United Nations
The fastest and best way to see the Statue of Liberty! Sail down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and back, viewing such sights as Ellis Island, the historic immigration center, the rising Freedom Tower, and the World Financial Center, along the way. Each of our cruise options includes a close look at the Statue of Liberty.
Cruise Duration: 1 Hour (approx.)
For something a bit more romantic, set sail on the same route as the Semi-Circle Cruise as the sun sets and the skyline comes alive at night. Cruise down the Hudson, around the Battery, up the East River, and back to the 42nd Street Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises pier. Along the way, witness the world’s premier skyline and a close-up view of Lady Liberty, and a host of sights, including:
Cruise Duration: 1.5 Hours (approx.)
- USS Intrepid Pier
- Hoboken Pier Pier 54 (Titanic Pier)
- Newport Center
- Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
- Battery Park
- The Museum Of Jewish Heritage
- Ellis Island
- Wall Street
- South Street Seaport and Museum
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Chrysler Building And more!
The BEAST is done for the season but will be back in May 2014. Please check back for details. Hold onto your hats because for 30 fun-filled minutes the Beast leaves all others in its wake as the Captain takes this custom-built 70-foot offshore racing powerboat up to 45 mph on a ride down to the Statue of Liberty. (Children must be 40”/100cm.)
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CIRCLE LINE SIGHTSEEING COOL FIELD DAYS
Treat your class or camp group to a fun and fascinating Circle Line Field Trip!
Our knowledgeable tour guides will point out New York’s famous landmarks and teach them facts about New York’s history in a way that captures their attention. They can even customize their narration to your group’s interests and age levels. Choose from our Classic Full Island Cruise, our Liberty Cruise (upgrade to 90-minute cruise available) or our BEAST Speedboat Ride at affordable school and camp rates.
Summer Camp & Scout Groups
Field trips available for school groups of all ages, with the ability to customize narration to your group’s interests and age levels. Private charters and events are also available for fundraisers, Proms, Senior Outings and more.
Circle Line + The Beast Ride the BEAST!
Get the best of both worlds…enjoy afully narrated sightseeing cruise and then speed around the harbor at up to 45 miles an hour on the BEAST Speedboat Ride. A ton of fun and a really great value!
Price: (May-September) Adult/ Chaperone: $22.00 Grades K-6: $19.50 Grades 7-12: $22.00
Celebrity Cruise Package
Celebrity Cruise Package Enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline aboard Circle Line or the Beast then mix, mingle and rub elbows with an exceptional showcase of incredibly lifelike wax celebrities. In the heart of Times Square, discover world renowned Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum…a veritable who’s who of entertainment, music, sports, politics and world history. An amazing experience.
- Madame Tussauds + 3 Hour Cruise (April-October) Chaperone: $37.00 Grades K-6: $31.00 Grades 7-12: $31.00
- Madame Tussauds + 90 Minute Cruise (April-October) Chaperone: $35.00 Grades K-6: $29.00 Grades 7-12: $29.00
- Madame Tussauds+ The Beast (May-September) Chaperone: $37.00 Grades K-6: $29.00 Grades 7-12: $31.00
Sail-a-bration Treat your class or camp group to a fun and fascinating Circle Line Field Trip where exploring is never boring. Our knowledgeable tour guide will customize their narration to your group’s interest and age levels. Hop onboard a Circle Line cruise or Beast Speedboat ride and then visit the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid containing historic aircraft, films and memorabilia, as well as the submarine Growler and the famous Concorde.
- Intrepid + Full Island Cruise (April-October) Adult/ Chaperone: $30.50 Grades K-6: $25.50 Grades 7-12: $25.50
- Intrepid + 90-Minute Cruise (April-October) Adult/ Chaperone: $28.50 Grades K-6: $23.50 Grades 7-12: $23.50
- Intrepid + The Beast (May-September) Adult/ Chaperone: $30.50 Grades K-6: $23.50 Grades 7-12: $25.50
Cruise the Empire
Cruise the Empire Pricing:
- Empire State Building + Full Island Cruise (April-October) Adult/ Chaperone: $29.00 Grades K-6: $25.00 Grades 7-12: $29.00
- Empire State Building + 90-Minute Cruise (April-October) Adult/ Chaperone: $27.00 Grades K-6: $23.00 Grades 7-12: $25.00
- Empire State Building + The Beast (May-September) Adult/ Chaperone:$29.00 Grades K-6: $23.00 Grades 7-12: $27.00
Ripley’s & Circle Line
Ripley’s & Circle Line Get the best of both worlds…enjoy a fully narrated Sightseeing Cruise or Beast Speedboat Ride and then head to Ripley’s Believe It or NOT ! In the heart of Times Square, Ripley’s offers the ultimate insight into the world of the odd and bizarre; featuring shrunken heads, a six-legged cow and countless astonishing artifacts.
- Ripley’s + Full Island Cruise (April-October) Adult/ Chaperone: $34.00 Grades K-6: $29.00 Grades 7-12: $31.00
- Ripley’s + 90-Minute Cruise (April-October) Adult/ Chaperone: $32.00 Grades K-6: $27.00 Grades 7-12: $29.00
- Ripley’s + The Beast (May-September) Adult/ Chaperone: $34.00 Grades K-6: $27.00 Grades 7-12: $31.00
CIRCLE LINE FIELD TRIP TOURS AVAILABLE
90 MINUTE LIBERTY CRUISE
90-Minute Liberty Cruise Treat your class or camp group to a fun and fascinating Circle Line Field Trip where exploring is never boring. Our knowledgeable tour guide will customize their narration to your group’s interest and age levels. Hop onboard for a quick and inspirational harbor cruise.
- Cruises are available from April 28th to October 31st ( Mon, Wed & Fri)
- Grades K-12 & Chaperones $10.00
- Board 10:30am
- Sail 11:00am
- Return 12:15/12:30pm
FULL CIRCLE CRUISE
Full Island Cruise Enjoy a relaxed and refreshing Full Island Cruise as you discover the secrets of the city. You’ll circumnavigate Manhattan Island and see it all: 3 rivers 7 major bridges 5 boroughs 25+ world renowned landmarks Magnificent close-ups of the Statue of Liberty Discover Manhattan like the great explorers and see the city and the outer boroughs via the water.
- Cruises are available April 28th to October 31st ( Tues & Thurs.)
- Grades K-12 & Chaperones $12.00
- Board 10:00am
- Sail 10:30am
- Return 1:30pm
THE BEAST SPEEDBOAT
The Beast Speedboat Don’t miss the BEAST… New York’s very own thrill ride. Your captain, will take you for a wet n’ wild ride through the New York harbor. Hold onto your hats because for 30 fun-filled minutes, you’ll be soaring past the skyscrapers at a heart-pounding 45mph. We’ll stop for a close-up of the Statue of Liberty where you’ll have a quick photo-op. It’s a pure thrill!
- Available May- September (Mon-Fri)
- Adult/ Chaperone: $12.00
- Grades K-6: $10.00
- Grades 7-12: $12.00
- 1st Cruise:Board 9:30am/Sail 10:00am/Return 10:30am
- 2nd Cruise: Board 10:30am/Sail 11:00am/Return 11:30am
- 3rd Cruise:Board 11:30am/Sail 12:00pm/Return 12:30pm
- 4th Cruise: Board 12:30pm/Sail 1:00pm/Return 1:30pm
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Welcome to the Chicago Architecture Foundation! We offer engaging ways for educators, families, and young people to explore Chicago’s amazing architecture.
Through hands-on, real-world explorations discover how to turn your local community into a dynamic setting for teaching and learning. Buildings, structures, people, and events help young people discover how architecture and the built environment impact their lives everyday.
Our programs and resources include multi-disciplinary teacher workshops, award-winning curricular resources, place-based field trips, hands-on workshops for teens, scout badge programs, and A+DEN-a network for people interested in design education.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers more than 80 different tours including the Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise aboard the Chicago’s First Lady. Also offered: FREE exhibitions, programs and workshops, youth education, family programs and an architecture and design-themed retail store.
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Field Trips at Chicago Architecture Foundation
GROUP FIELD TRIP TOURS
By foot, boat or bus CAF tours are great ways for your group to learn and appreciate the past, present and future of Chicago’s world-renowned architecture. Your students can embrace the power of the skyscrapers and the beauty of Chicago while the most knowledgeable docents entertain them with stories of the men and women who built America’s greatest architecture.Choose from one of our four tour offerings below.
Interested in an experience not listed here?
Offers over 85 tours that can be customized to fit your classroom’s special interest. Call the Group Tours Department for more information today! 312.922.3432 x226
Student Architecture River Cruise – 60 minutes
Join the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago’s First Lady Cruises for an interpretive architectural river cruise specially designed for students grades 7-12. This tour features many of Chicago’s best known buildings from the unique vantage point of the Chicago River, described by our trained and certified volunteer docents. Students will connect architecture, design, engineering, urban planning, and history to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Chicago’s remarkable cultural legacy.
Historic and Modern Combo Walking Tour – 120 minutes
Chicago is widely regarded as the center of early skyscraper innovation and also a world capital of Modern architecture! On this tour your students will learn the stories behind some of the world’s earliest skyscrapers and also gain a unique perspective on the most notable examples of contemporary buildings and styles.
Skyscraper Express Bus Tour – 105 minutes
Students will enjoy unique perspectives of the city as they see Grant Park, the Museum Campus, Millennium Park and Chicago’s expansive downtown parks plus emerging residential neighborhoods and commercial development. Your class will understand the impact of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, the railroads and public transportation systems on the growth of the city, and we will have a chance to get off the bus to view the world-famous skyline that defines Chicago as a vibrant center for architecture.
Skyscraper Walk through Time – 60 minutes
Chicago is known for building some of the world’s first skyscrapers, but how have their designs and technologies changed over time? This one hour walk through the Loop showcases several classic buildings – from 1872 to the present. See how architects adapted building styles to meet the fashions of their era and used cutting-edge engineering to build taller than before!
Current Exhibitions Available by CFA
Chicago Architecture Foundation exhibitions encourage people to discover the spaces, places, and structures that shape Chicago and all communities. The unique installations encourage people to understand how architects, engineers, and planners design environments—and how we all participate. The exhibitions inspire people to imagine the future of metropolitan regions everywhere.
THE UNSEEN CITY:
DESIGNS FOR A FUTURE CHICAGO
COST: Free and open to the public
HOURS: Daily 9 am to 5:30 pm
LOCATION: Atrium Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
Four Chicago academic institutions present visions for the future of city life in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s exhibition Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago. The participating designers encourage us to ask, “What might this neighborhood and city become?”
Come see a 19th century boulevard transformed for the 21st, a horizontal deconstructed Willis Tower, an industrial district as creative hub, and a skyscraper that scrubs the air.
What future do you imagine for your neighborhood?
Free and open to the public
7 days a week from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
CAF Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago is preparing to debut a bold plan for giving public transit riders a speedier and smarter way to ride: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). By combining cutting-edge technology with specially-chosen routes, BRT promises to make Chicago a more connected city.
This exhibition outlines the features and benefits of BRT while exploring how it is transforming cities around the globe. See how features like dedicated bus lanes and innovative station design are improving bus transportation and people’s lives.
These programs are made possible through the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust.
Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost? Shop
Free and open to the public
7 days a week from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Arcelor Mittal CitySpace Gallery, 224 South Michigan Ave.
In a nation obsessed with acquiring the most stuff at the lowest price, how well do we understand the value of the buildings and products we buy? How do our purchases impact the future of our neighborhoods? Visit Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost? Shop at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and find a new design for your city and your life. It’s a shopping trip unlike any you’ve experienced before.
Free and open to the public
7 days a week from 9am-6:30pm
Atrium Gallery, 224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago Model City is the only accurate and up-to-date three-dimensional portrait of Chicago’s downtown. This 320-square-foot work-in-progress enables you to see Chicago as you’ve never seen it before. The model became an instant icon when it opened in 2009, beloved by tourists and locals alike. It has become the centerpiece for exhibitions in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s atrium gallery. In addition, the model is the departure point for CAF tours, a gathering place, an orientation point for visitors, and a great photo opportunity! Famous visitors to the model include Mayor Richard J. Daley, architect Jeanne Gang, and television personality Geoffrey Baer. CAF is currently developing exhibitions that will make Chicago Model City a richer and even more exciting experience.
Opened in July 1988, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to have a good time while learning about the vital natural resource just off our shore: Long Island Sound. Set in a refurbished 1860s factory at the mouth of the Norwalk River, the Aquarium building and its location reflect the region’s industrial past and human uses of Long Island Sound for recreation and commerce.
Visitors explore at their own pace, observing 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species. The Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. These close encounters with animals, enhanced by friendly volunteer interpreters and informative display panels, educate visitors about the aquatic life of Long Island Sound and its watershed.
The sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles and other animals, carefully tended in re-created natural settings, serve as ambassadors both for their species and the Sound’s natural environment. These intimate encounters are the heart of the learning experience and provide visitors – children especially – with a basis for understanding their role in the web of life.
Camp Directors & Scout Troop Leaders:
Just 10 or more campers or scouts and you qualify for our lower group rates!
Call Reservations: 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.
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The Maritime Aquarium offers exciting science-education experiences … in the Aquarium, in the field and at your school. The inspiration of this learning is Long Island Sound, perhaps familiar to students for its proximity but a fascinating unexplored world below the surface.
Interactions with our live animals and engaging science programs can help you inspire your students to become eager learners and young conservationists. We offer standards-based learning opportunities that make science a positive adventure for your students as they’re introduced to scientific concepts, processes and the importance of science in our lives today.
Of course, every visit to our nationally recognized aquarium is a fun and educational experience that gets your students up close to sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish and dozens of other species native to Long Island Sound and its watershed. The Aquarium also has Connecticut’s largest IMAX movie theater. Documentaries on our six-story screen wil transport your students on an unforgettable learning adventure.
Educators voiced concerns. Aquarium donors answered. We have financial assistance available for Aquarium admission, IMAX® movies, programs and bus transportation costs. Some, but not all, financial aid is needs-based. Aid is limited and awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Book early! Enjoy it all at the Aquarium or in the field. Or a Traveling Teacher will bring the fun and learning right into your classroom or auditorium, or to a nearby park, pond, stream or beach.
There are lots of possibilities as you design just the right fun and educational visit to The Maritime Aquarium for your students.
Programs by Grade
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Plus, you can perfect your visit by matching your focus of studies to any one of the titles available in our IMAX film library, showing in stunning clarity on our six-story screen! Click here..
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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk brings Long Island Sound Marine Science to Your Camp or Trrop
Have the Aquarium visit your summer camp or scout troop! Except where noted, each 45-minute presentation is for groups of up to 28 students and costs $165 plus additional travel fees. Discounts are given for multiples of the same program held on the same day in the same classroom: $100 for the second program, $95 for the third and $90 for each additional.
Additional charges may include: a “layover fee” for gaps of an hour or more between classes; travel charges; and parking fees.
Pre-K and Kindergarten
“House for Hermit Crab”
Students follow along month by month as they listen to this classic book about a year in the life of a young hermit crab. They use their senses and sharpen observational and verbal skills as they share what they notice and ask questions. They handle some live animals from the story and look for similarities and differences in various crabs, including an invasive species.Program duration dependent on the students’ attention spans.
Living vs. Non-Living
For kindergarten only. Through a guided discussion, students share their observations about the characteristics of living and once-living organisms, as well as non-living things. They compare and contrast two live animals of the same grouping.
For ages 4 & up only. Members of the same group of animals can look and behave very differently. For example, herring and sharks are both fish, but have distinct differences in their size, color and habits. Activities include touching shark teeth, measuring themselves against a life-sized shark puzzle they assemble, and weighing out food for the Aquarium’s sharks.
Grades 1 & 2
By observing and touching a variety of live intertidal animals, students learn about these creatures’ different structures and behaviors. Activities focus on how these animals meet their basic needs for oxygen, food, water, shelter and space.
Sea Turtle Life Cycle
After hearing a story about the life cycle of a loggerhead sea turtle, students play a counting game that teaches about the needs of turtles and demonstrates how and why few survive from hatchling to adult. Students look for special structures and behaviors that help sea turtles meet their basic needs, and discuss ways they can help protect these ancient creatures.
Whales and Dolphins
Is a dolphin a whale? How do scientists group whales? How are you like a whale? Students observe and describe similarities and differences, measure themselves against a life-sized whale puzzle, learn about conservation issues and participate in activities that demonstrate whale and dolphin adaptations.
Grades 3 & 4
Life Between the Tides
The intertidal zone is a unique habitat in which organisms have different behavioral and structural adaptations to survive the rising and falling of tides every day. Students will learn about the moon’s effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss how the organisms depend on the living and non-living features of the environment for survival. And they share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of live intertidal invertebrates.
Sharks and Fish
Animals have structural adaptations for getting food, such as specialized teeth or a keen sense of smell. Students will work in teams to rotate through stations focusing on the animals’ adaptations and survival strategies, the similarities between sharks and other fish, and conservation issues. Activities include measuring out the amount of food that the Aquarium feeds its sharks, observing physical adaptations of a fish, and touching shark jaws, skin and other artifacts.
Squid have very unique behavioral and structural adaptations for survival, and they depend on living and non-living components of their environment. Students observe and ask about these adaptations and interactions as they learn dissection skills. They also compare and contrast squid with other mollusks, such as snails and clams.
Brine Shrimp Inquiry (for Grades 5-6)
Available only as a 90-minute program. Through a guided inquiry experiment, students investigate how brine shrimp respond to different stimuli while implementing the basics of the scientific method. Students work in groups for formulate a hypothesis, note observations, chance variables and state results. $265 for first program, $185 for others on the same day.
The intertidal zone is a unique ecosystem in which organisms have different adaptations to sense and respond to information about their environment as the tides rise and fall. Students learn about the moon’s effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss challenges for animals living in the intertidal zone and the physical factors with which they interact. Students share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of intertidal invertebrates.
Marine World Magnified
The unseen marine world opens up to students as they learn to use hand lenses and microscopes to observe a variety of live animals. Students compare the structure of the eye to a microscope. They then use books and charts to identify the creatures they have seen. Food chains and human impacts are discussed.
Through dissection, students explore how squid sense and respond to their environment by examining a squid’s unique physical adaptations, including the exceptionally large eyes. Students also compare and contrast squid to other mollusks such as clams and snails.
Environmental Issues for Grades 3-8
These 45-minute programs introduce students to some of the environmental issues facing the world today/ Students learn about many of the impacts these issues have on our climate, wildlife, ecosystems, everyday living and Long Island Sound. Solutions to current issues are discussed. (Many activities relate to state Social Studies standards too.)
Through an interactive presentation, students learn the differences between climate and weather, the basic of the greenhouse effect, and how carbon cycles through the environment. Through discussion and hands-on activities, students discover how climate change impacts our weather, wildlife and everyday living. They’ll also brainstorm for solutions that can be implemented in their own lives and communities.
An ecosystem is composed of all populations that are living in a certain space and the physical factors with which they interact. The introduction of non-native plants or animals can have a negative impact on an ecosystem. Students will take part in fun hands-on activities while exploring the environmental impacts of invasive species that can now be found in Long Island Sound. Students also will learn what they can do to prevent further spreading of exotic species.
Most precipitation that falls in Connecticut eventually reaches Long Island Sound. This water moving across and through the earth carries with it the products of human activities. With Long Island Sound’s extensive watershed as an example, discover the impact of humans on aquatic ecosystems. Students will share their observations as they “pollute” a watershed model, then look for ways to clean it up. Hands-on discovery of basic scientific and ecological concepts.
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Dr. LivingSound® Traveling Science Show!
For Grades 2-6
This lively 45-minute program, for up to 200 students, incorporates drama, surprise and humor to introduce students to Long Island Sound’s environment and the issues that concern it. Our Dr. LivingSound® character (played by a Maritime Aquarium educator) draws students into hands-on demonstrations that teach how science connects to the marine world. Using water as its central topic, “the good doctor” introduces students to the Sound’s watershed, explains the water cycle and examines the different ways we use water.
Cost is $525. Discounts available for multiple presentations on the same day: $275 each additional presentation. Additional charges may include a “layover fee” for gaps of one hour or more between classes, travel charges, and any parking fees.
Touch Tank for a Day!
A great bonus for Field Days, Science Fairs or Family Nights
We’ll set up a supervised touch tank with live tidal-pool creatures and animal artifacts. A great hands-on learning-station enhancement to any event!
Cost: $165 for the first hour, $100 for second hour, $95 for third hour and $90 for each additional hour.
Long Island Sound Day
We can arrange a day at your school so that several grades, or all students, can experience our unique program.
Our Long Island Sound Day includes an initial indoor assembly program (for up to 200) with a PowerPoint presentation, then in one-hour blocks students can rotate through a variety of stations that include our live tide-pool animals. Other stations could include topics on whales, sharks or invasive species.
Cost: $300 for initial assembly/ set-up, $200 per hour thereafter. Travel charges may also apply. For more information, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2271.
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These programs get students out in nature, where they’ll practice developing their science-inquiry, literacy and numeracy skills. Please note special prices and times. For a Field Ecology program conducted at your site, adjacent free parking is required. Travel fees may apply. School must pay parking fees.
- Aquarium admission is optional.
- If you have more than 28 students, you must book multiple programs.
- The 7:1 student:chaperone ratio applies.
- Field Ecology programs are conducted only around low tide. Students will get their feet wet! Wear boots or shoes that can get soggy, and dress for the weather!
Grades K – 2
Visit to the Seashore
Students get out to the water’s edge for the excitement of being “in the field.” They’ll use their senses – plus some scientific sampling techniques – during a discovery tour looking for – and learning about – living and non-living things at the sandy shore, rocky shore and tidal marsh habitats. Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.
Grades 3 – 6
Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) Learn about the geological processes that helped create our tidal marshes, rocky shores and sandy beaches. Students use scientific equipment to collect animals and test water composition, then consider the changing habitats, varying needs and adaptations of animals living in these marine environments. Other topics include tides, invasive species and habitat conservation. 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.
The Original Kalmar Nyckel
The original Kalmar Nyckel was one of America’s pioneering colonial ships. Its historical significance rivals that of the Mayflower, yet her remarkable story has never been widely told.
Did you know…
The original Kalmar Nyckel sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638 leaving its passengers to establish the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, the Colony of New Sweden in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She made a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic—more than any other ship of the era. Her first voyage to the New World left 24 settlers of Swedish, Finnish, German and Dutch descent in the Delaware Valley. Joining them was a black freedman who sailed from the Caribbean aboard her companion ship the Fogel Grip.
The Present Day Kalmar Nyckel
The present day Kalmar Nyckel serves as Delaware’s seagoing goodwill ambassador. She was built by a group of committed citizens to be a continuing witness to the courage and spirit of those individuals who undertook the mid-winter North Atlantic crossing in 1637-1638.
Since 1998, the ship has served as an outreach platform for the State of Delaware and a catalyst for social and economic development. The ship provides a unique platform for the Foundation’s educational programming as well as a venue for diplomatic, recreational, governmental and commemorative functions. The ship is owned and operated by the Kalmar NyckelFoundation, a non-profit organization that offers people of all ages a variety of sea and land based learning and recreational experiences.
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Find more information about the Kalmar Nyckel including its specifications and History through the years by clicking the Image Above.
Join our award-winning ship and shipyard programs for fun, learning, and adventure. As a full-scale re-creation of the colonial ship that brought the first permanent European settlers to Delaware and the Delaware Valley,Kalmar Nyckel is one of the world’s great educational resources.
Students get to travel back in time to the “Age of Sail” and rediscover Delaware’s fascinating colonial and maritime history. Our typical ship and shipyard program can handle up to 84 students a day — with three (3) “underway” stations on the ship and four (4) interactive stations on land. The program usually takes about 4 hours. Participants engage in “hands-on history,” discovering that learning is fun and that fun can be informative.
Our ship and shipyard programs are available in a variety of formats and can be tailored to meet the academic needs of any group.
Be sure to learn more about our interactive education programming by viewing this short film detailing our “Starting A Colony” program.
Please contact the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office at 302.429.7447 or email@example.com for program pricing and additional information.
Please visit our 2013 Education Schedule for more information.
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Come aboard Kalmar Nyckel for a scouting adventure of a lifetime.
Earn a Kalmar Nyckel Scout Patch by participating in our interactive ship and shipyard programs. Learn how to tie nautical knots, haul active lines, and raise sail with our Captain and expert crew. Learn more about Delaware’s maritime and colonial history. Sing authentic sea chanteys with Kalmar Nyckel’s merry band!
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Please contact the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office at 302.429.7447 or firstname.lastname@example.org for program pricing and addtional information.
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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley – designated “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy.
The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.
Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an on-board eco-excursion. The train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek – – bountiful, natural habitats for birds. Among those typically spotted are Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In February and March, the majestic Bald Eagle is the star of the show, when it migrates south to the Connecticut River Valley from Canada and Maine.
At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼- hour cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky’s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights including Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station.
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|Take your group back to the glory days of steam! They’ll enjoy the comfort of our restored vintage rail cars and get an unobstructed view of the unspoiled beauty of the Connecticut River Valley from our multi-deck riverboat. It’s a wonderful trip any time of year.We offer special rates for groups of 20 or more with advance reservations – contact our Groups Ticket Sales. We also can arrange for special private charters on our steam train and/or riverboat. Pleasecontact our office for more information.|
|Groups can arrange for box lunches from ourTrackside Café. Your group can enjoy:
All lunches must be consumed at the Essex Depot picnic area or on the boat – there is no eating or drinking allowed on the train.
Box Lunches must be ordered at least 5 business days before the date of your visit. Please give us a call for pricing and with any questions!
USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. It was first launched in 1797. Constitution is one of six ships ordered for construction by George Washington to protect America’s growing maritime interests. The ships greatest glory came during the war of 1812 when she defeated four British frigates which earned her the nickname “Old Ironsides,” because cannon balls glanced off her thick hull. The ship was restored in 1927 with contributions from the nation’s school children.
The Charlestown Navy Yard was built on what was once Mouton’s or Morton’s Point, the landing place of the British army prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was one of the first shipyards built in the United States. During its 174 year history, hundreds of ships were built, repaired and modernized, including the World War II destroyer USS Cassin Young. Today, thirty acres of the Navy Yard are preserved by the National Park Service as part of Boston National Historical Park.
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Take a tour of your ship USS CONSTITUTION. You’ll find free, guided tours available to our visitors. Each guided tour, given by several active-duty Navy Sailors, takes you through the ship’s spar deck (top deck), gun deck and berth deck and explains the history of the ship, its crew, and why we still have the ship here today. Guided tours begin every half-hour from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and last approximately one half-hour each. Each tour group can accommodate up to 80 visitors.
USS CONSTITUTION is a commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy and is not fully equipped to accommodate people with certain disabilities. We ask that any guests requiring additional assistance contact our Events Department prior to their arrival so that we may arrange the best possible tour. The crew of USS CONSTITUTION wants to ensure we make every effort to provide as many guests as possible the opportunity to enjoy and experience the history of our great ship.
Every Tuesday morning during USS CONSTITUTION’s Summer Hours, the crew of USS CONSTITUTION will be offering the CONSTITUTION EXPERIENCE. Visitors are invited to observe the Morning Colors ceremony (including the firing of USS CONSTITUTION’s Saluting Battery) from Pier One and then board the ship for a special extended tour of duty through the ship’s spaces before being escorted to the USS CONSTITUTION Museum. Group size is limited to 50 visitors. To reserve your spot, please email email@example.com. Visitors participating in the experience must arrive at Pier One by 7:40AM in order to participate.