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!
School Group Field Trips
Shoreline Sightseeing’s fun, convenient and informative School field trips have been specially designed to give school groups a memorable experience! From 45-minute Lake Tours to one-hour Architecture Cruises, your students 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 School Groups
Exciting Lake Michigan boat tour with a professional narration on Chicago’s dramatic history, including the construction of the Shedd Aquarium and the reversal of the Chicago River
School Groups: 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday in April, May and the first half of June
Length: 40 min.
Tour times: School Groups: 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday in April, May and the first half of Junes.
Architecture Exploration Cruises For School Groups
SCHOOL GROUP ARCHITECTURE TOURS
Over 40 famed Chicago structures, including works by Helmut Jahn and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and their history from the Great Fire of 1871 to today
Groups will be accommodated during our public tour times. School group rates are available Monday-Friday only.
Length: 75 min.
Tour times: Groups will be accommodated during our public tour times. School group rates are available Monday-Friday only. *Professionally prepared advance educational materials for teachers are included.
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.
Group Architecture River Tours
Group Chicago Architecture River Tours depart from Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier or our docks along the northeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Daytime school group rates are available at a reduced rate.
Featured: More than 40 iconic Chicago buildings along the Chicago River
Departure: Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park and Michigan Avenue Bridge
Run Dates: March – November
Length: 75 min.
Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time.
About School 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.
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Proms and Project Graduation
Looking for a unique way to host your School’s next Graduation, project prom or a fundraiser With a Shoreline Charter, the vessel you select is yours alone for the duration of your 2-3 hour event. Your guests will experience the perfect setting as they cruise beautiful Lake Michigan or float along the historic Chicago River. Whether you are hosting a casual brunch for 20 guests or an upscale after prom celebration for up to 200 guests, Shoreline has the perfect vessel for your gathering.
We have offered private charters for generations of Chicagoan’s as well as thousands of regional, national and international visitors. We offer charters on touring vessels that have been custom built or custom modified to offer you the highest standards of comfort and safety. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience for our passengers touring Chicago’s dramatic waterways.
A perfect setting for:
- Senior Graduations
- Proms and Project Graduation
- Teacher Meetings and get togethers
- And More!
General Charters email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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CIRCLE LINE SIGHTSEEING COOL FIELD DAYS
Treat your class or camp group to a fun and fascinating Circle Line Field Trip!
Are the troops getting antsy? Here’s a way to sneak in a whole lot of history in a totally fun and unforgettable way – a Circle Line field trip! Our tour guides ensure that exploring is never boring and can often gear the tour to your group’s specific interests and age levels. Choose from the cruise options below to organize the perfect getaway for your kiddies…and the adults in charge of them.
- Curriculum-oriented tours especially for STEM, Social Studies and History
- Views and narration of landmarks, modern and historic sites, NYC bridges and the Statue of Liberty
- Bus-friendly location in Midtown
- Box lunches available
Hop onboard for an inspirational harbor cruise that will turn their knowledge of history on its head. Sitting in a stuffy classroom can’t quite compete to seeing the Statue of Liberty towering over you while feeling the wind in your hair. Learn more about our Landmark Cruise.
- March 14- April 26 (Sailing Fridays)
- April 27- September 7 (Sailing Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
- September 8- October 25 (Sailing Fridays)
- Board 10:00 AM
- Sail 10:30 AM
- Return 12:00 PM (approximately)
Price: Grades K-12 and Chaperones: $12 – View Lunch Menu
BEST OF NYC CRUISE
Take your junior explorers on the ultimate NYC treasure hunt. They’ll see all 3 rivers, 7 major bridges, 5 boroughs, 25+ world-renowned landmarks and jaw-dropping close-ups of the Statue of Liberty.
Learn more about our Best of NYC Cruise.
- March 14- October 25 (Sailing Thursdays)
- Board 10:00 AM
- Sail 10:30 AM
- Return 1:00 PM (approximately)
Price: Grades K-12 and Chaperones: $14
THE BEAST SPEEDBOAT
Want to really wake up your gang? Take them out for this thrill ride that satisfies both your need to teach them something about this amazing city and their need for a pure jolt of adrenaline.
Learn more about the BEAST Speedboat Ride.
- May 2 – September 27
- Grades K-6: $12
- Grades 7-12: $14
- Adults and Chaperones: $14
Time: Monday-Friday every hour on the hour between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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CIRCLE LINE + THE BEAST
Get the best of both worlds…enjoy a fully 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!
Available May – September; please call for pricing.
CELEBRITY CRUISE PACKAGE
Enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline aboard Circle Line or the BEAST Speedboat Ride* 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 + Best of NYC (April-October)
- Madame Tussauds + Landmark Cruise (April-October)
- Madame Tussauds + The BEAST (May-September)
Please call for current pricing.
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 on board a Circle Line cruise or BEAST Speedboat Ride* and then visit the aircraft carrier Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum containing historic aircraft, films and memorabilia, as well as the submarine Growler and the famous Concorde.
- Intrepid + Best of NYC (April-October)
- Intrepid + Liberty Cruise (April-October)
- Intrepid + The BEAST (May-September)
Please call for current pricing.
CRUISE THE EMPIRE
- Empire State Building + Best of NYC (April-October)
- Empire State Building + Liberty Cruise (April-October)
- Empire State Building + The BEAST (May-September)
Please call for pricing.
*Children must be 40″ or 100cm tall to ride the BEAST.
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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.
Join us for a delightful cruise on The River Lady, a 150 passenger, 85′ authentic reproduction of a paddle wheel riverboat. The River Lady splendidly captures the ambiance of a 19th century Mississippi Paddleboat.
The interior design of the lower deck is of the Victorian style. The deck is completely enclosed and is climate controlled for year-round comfort. The upper deck offers awesome views and is the perfect atmosphere for outdoor waterside dining. This deck is covered and can be enclosed with translucent weather panels should the need arise.
As you enter through the beautifully etched glass door, you will be impressed by the detail of the design. The custom made mahogany woodwork complements the brass wall sconces and draperies. The center of the interior deck offers a spacious dance floor, which is naturally lit by a skylight window directly above. The tables are arranged so passengers can enjoy the view while dining. The River Lady offers a music public address sound system and a nickelodeon (player piano) for your listening pleasure. There is ample room for live entertainment as well. The upper deck offers the perfect atmosphere for sightseeing and pure relaxation.
The River Lady cruises the Toms River and Barnegat Bay of New Jersey. The riverbanks are surrounded by enchanting hills and beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. The homes along the river are uniquely designed, many dating back to the turn of the century. The River Lady is the only true stern-wheeler in the state. River Lady is a documented vessel, inspected and licensed by the United States Coast Guard.
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Historical Sightseeing Cruise
A tremendous amount of history has taken place along the Toms River and Barnegat Bay. The history of the waters are of great interest and now you can learn all about them during the River Lady’s Historical Sightseeing Cruise. Our navigator beautifully narrates the history of the area which is both educational as well as relaxing and enjoyable.
No food or beverage may be brought aboard
Graduating Students Prom Events
The River Lady Tour ship is a grand way for your Senior Students to end their School year and transition to the next stage of their life by making their prom memorable. The River Lady offers 150 passenger accommodation on a 85′ authentic reproduction of a paddle wheel riverboat. The graduating seniors will enjoy a cruise on the Toms River and Barnegat Bay of Toms River, New Jersey. The riverbanks are surrounded by enchanting hills and beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. The homes along the river are uniquely designed, many dating back to the turn of the century.
We are available to host all events as well hosting your next Senior Prom or Project Prom Event. Please give us a call for more information, booking and Schedules at (732) 349-8664. Catering is also available to suite individual needs. Let us help your Senior graduating class create a lasting memory that they will never forget and always cherish.
School Groups Field Trips at Plimoth Plantation offer a fascinating and personal look at the lives of the Native Wampanoag People and the Pilgrims, the English who lived in early Plymouth Colony. In addition to a self-guided Museum tour, School groups have a number of options for tailoring their visit. School Groups with a specific interest, such as early gardens, period cookery, colonial religion, Native culture, timber-frame construction, or navigation, may book a speaker through our Professional Speakers Bureau or a Guided Tour.
Our historical theme dining turns what might otherwise be just another restaurant meal into a memorable (and tasty!) addition to your visit for you School Field Trips. We offer themed meals with Pilgrim and or Native hosts, and lunch or dinner with food historians who will teach your School groups just how Miles Standish ate his dinner without a fork. For more about historical or modern-day dining opportunities, go to our School Groups Dining page.
Student School groups also have a variety of choices to expand their stay, including Wampanoag School field trip enhancements, hands-on workshops, historical dining programs and overnight programs. We would be happy to combine any of these to create a package suitable to your needs. For more about our student school groups programs, go to our Education Programs section.
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Let Plimoth Plantation help you expand the walls of your classroom and inspire in your students a curiosity about and understanding of the past. Whether you bring your students to the museum or have us come to you, we will spark your students’ imaginations and make history come alive.
There’s a reason why Plimoth Plantation is one of the most popular field trip destinations in New England! At Mayflower II, The 17th-Century English Village, and the Wampanoag Homesite, students are surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of the 17th century. Visits to the Museum are a great way to spark the imagination of your students and help to make history come alive!
There are a variety of ways you can use our unique living history resources.
Visits to the Museum immerse your students in the 17th-century world of the Wampanoag and Pilgrims. For more information on booking a field trip, visit our reservations page. Information on grant funding for field trips may be found at Foundations for Kids.
Can’t make it to the Museum? We’ll bring the Museum to you! Our Pilgrims and Native museum teachers will go from class to class, for informative and fun hour-long classroom programs or traveling workshops.
Invite Plimoth Plantation to your school or group meeting.
School Classroom Visits
Our talented Pilgrim role players and Native museum teachers can bring the magic of Plimoth Plantation to your classroom; wherever you are. Their visits are a great way to prepare for a field trip and are a wonderful option for those who can’t make it to the museum.
For more information on inviting Plimoth Plantation to visit you, please go to We Can Visit You!
Invite one of Plimoth Plantation’s captivating Pilgrim role players, Native speakers or historians to your next group meeting or function. Find out how at Professional Speakers.
School Groups Field Trips Planning Information
Admission discounts are available for School groups of 15 or more ages six and up.
Admission includes a self guided visit to the museum’s sites and exhibits.
If you need rate information for your school groups field trip or tour group, please call the group sales office at 508-746-1622, ext. 8358 during regular business hours (9am to 5pm Monday – Friday), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plimoth Plantation is a popular destination for adult and student tour school groups. Book early for the best times. Discounted rates apply for school groups of 15 or more people. Plimoth Plantation offers discounted rates for different types of groups. Please contact the Group Sales Office at 508-746-1622, ext 8358, or email@example.com for more information about rates.
To assist you in planning your visit, we recommend you allocate 3 hours at Plimoth Plantation and 1 hour at Mayflower II. Travel time between the two sites is approximately 15 minutes.
All school group field trips visits are self-guided tours of the Museum sites. Guided Tours are available on request for an additional fee.
Group Sales Office hours are 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. The office is closed weekends and holidays.
If our phone lines are busy, you may place your reservation request online. A confirmation will be emailed within one business day.
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.
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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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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk brings Long Island Sound Marine Science to Your School
Have the Aquarium visit your school! 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.
After-school Programs at Your School
Learning, fun and inspiration don’t have to stop when the dismissal bell sounds. The Maritime Aquarium’s staff of educators will work with you to design a customized after-school program, conducted at your school, that will both entertain your students and supplement their school day learning!
The following series are offered singly or in combination for months of enrichment and fun.
Ocean Explorers 1
This multi-week hands-on program engages students in learning about Long Island Sound. Students will investigate fish, crabs, mollusks, turtles, marine mammals and more.
Ocean Explorers 2
This multi-week program engages students in hand-on experiences, in such topics as sharks, whales, pollution, coral reefs and live intertidal animals from Long Island Sound.
(Activities are adjusted to be group-appropriate.)
Animal Adaptation Package
This multi-week series introduces students to animals and plants of Long Island Sound. Includes squid & fish dissections, sharks, intertidal habitats and microscope use.
Environmental Issues Package
This multi-week series focuses on such environmental issues as climate change, invasive species, water pollution, frogs and turtles.
This multiweek series utilizes your schoolyard as a classroom. Students investigate what plants and animals live there and the human impact on that environment.
Seashore Biodiversity Package
For schools within driving distance of a beach, this multi-week series focuses on Long Island Sound. Students are introduced to the animals and habitats of Long Island Sound, the scientific method and the collection of data.
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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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School Field Trips
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for program pricing and additional information.
Please visit our 2013 Education Schedule for more information.
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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|Here at Essex Steam Train we love kids! A ride on the Essex Steam Train and the Connecticut Riverboat offers many educational touchstones:
Round trip ticket is $12.00 per person. Operating dates are Monday – Friday, June 3 – June 14, 2013. Please contact our office for more information on an enjoyable and educational field trip.
Teachers! You can download a 7 Page Fun Activities file with word games, railroad glossary, landmarks, and trivia. Perfect for the bus trip to the Essex Steam Train! (439KB)
|Schools can arrange for box lunches arranged by the railroad. 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!