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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

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Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Wonderful place for the family

Great entertainment for family of all ages. like the walkthru tunnel aquarium - nice immersion... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Virginia Beach, Virginia

One of the most interesting places in Virginia Beach if not the most one! Relaxing walking among... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alexandroupoli, Greece
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“nature trail”(156 reviews)
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A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the main atrtaction at this popular aquarium.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
+1 757-385-3474
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Reviewed 6 days ago

For a rainy, sunburn or off season day, it's a nice change of place. Very close to town. That said, if you've been to Baltimore or Atlanta, this isn't that. Plan 1-2 hours, tops.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cynssmith
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great entertainment for family of all ages. like the walkthru tunnel aquarium - nice immersion effect. sea otters on other side are always fun to watch too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank librarygeek22
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the most interesting places in Virginia Beach if not the most one! Relaxing walking among silent creatures.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank komitage
Reviewed 1 week ago

Average aquarium. Ok unless you have seen Baltimore or Atlanta. Good IMAX. Go on a rainy day or when you are sunburned.

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a nice, relaxing trip during the workweek for the little one and grandparents! Plenty of room For a stroller and places for photo ops while enjoying the views.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MamaShark7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a lot of fun here there are a lot of things to do including a boat ride for so cheap! This is a great experience for couples or family’s

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank melissalO4524IT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Displays were well laid out and descriptions were good. Taking pictures for personal use was permitted and easy to do with conditions. Sea turtles were great to see, but they movers faster than expected. We did not see the entire display, but would like to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank photobug429
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We held our Christmas party here this year and what a terrible disappointment it was. The help seemed so unorganized, the food was not good at all and barely warm. Some of the desserts were still frozen. We were supposed to have two buffets but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank paige t
2blackdog4, Marketing Director at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your concerns. We do strive to provide a quality experience for all guests, including those at private events. We would love to speak with you directly about your experience. Could you please email your contact information to marketing@VirginiaAquarium.com so we can...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Christmas eve 2 PM departure. Informative and well organized excursion. Leaves from the dock adjacent to aquarium/parking lot. Adult beverages, coco, and snacks available for purchase on-board. This was on the wifes to do list and while we took a chance going in December we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mikesxpress
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outstanding and patient staff. Lots of hands on things for the kiddos. There is an amazing feature at the entrance with seals. If you have a couple minutes to spare and dont want to go inside the museum, you can sit here and enjoy the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mary Ann B
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September 13, 2018|
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Response from mtabino | Reviewed this property |
Adults are $25.95, Seniors $22.95, Children $19.95, and infants up until age 2 are free.
September 13, 2018|
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Response from Debbie L | Reviewed this property |
I couldn't remember how much we paid so I looked this up. Package is Aquarium and movie is $30 for adults and $25 for children. just the aquarium is $25 adults and $20 for children. Dolphin boat trip is extra $22 adults... More
August 13, 2018|
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Response from Casstheexplorer | Reviewed this property |
For the aquarium only with small children, up to 2 hours. If you plan on walking the nature trails and seeing the connecting building, allow yourself 4 hours. Then there is the IMAX and 3D shows you can catch along with... More