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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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I love the aquarium

My only complaint is that I wish it wasn’t so expensive because I would go more often. The otters... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Great day at the aquarium

Revisited the aquarium. Had been years since we were there. Great selection of our sea creatures... read more

Reviewed yesterday
William F
Midlothian, Virginia
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  • Terrible1%
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“sea turtles”(156 reviews)
“nature trail”(145 reviews)
“marine life”(108 reviews)
A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the main atrtaction at this popular aquarium.
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
+1 757-385-3474
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed October 17, 2003

The Virginia Marine Science Museum is a wonderful place to visit. They have many hands on items for the children (and adults) and there are lots of guides to help explain things to you. They are changing and updating exhibits there so there are always...More

28  Thank Escape22004
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 24, 2012

We wanted to go do something over spring break, and who doesnt love the aquarium?? They offer only active military a discount when you purchase IMAX, we cant even watch IMAX because my autistic son is scared of the huge screen. It hasnt been update...More

24  Thank Misty P
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My only complaint is that I wish it wasn’t so expensive because I would go more often. The otters are my favorite. I could watch them all day.

Thank ConnieP757
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Revisited the aquarium. Had been years since we were there. Great selection of our sea creatures. Say the 3D movie on our neighbors it was great. Enjoyed our day at the aquarium.

Thank William F
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When an aquarium advertises creatures great and small, they should be available to see! Outdoor Adventure park is excellent for small to teens, but the exhibits are ok at best. The otters and seals never graced us with their presence, sadly. The two sea turtles...More

Thank shoreviews
Reviewed 5 days ago

Realy enjoyed the sea creatures and the friendly staff at the museum but it is too large to see in an hour or 2. It must be a full day experience.

Thank Louise T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Small aquarium great to visit when the weather is damp and wet outside. They also have a stingrays touching pond.

Thank Oneseasontraveller
Reviewed 6 days ago

We attended a wedding here, and the staff was all very friendly and accommodating. The sting rays were too funny during the ceremony. The shark tank is small, but neat. I would love to explore this place more.

Thank HGwynn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many of the interactive items were non-working or out-of-service. We were a party of four, and it was extremely expensive, even with the senior and/or veterans discount. Very disappointed, and would not recommend.

Thank SueMozzy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The weather was less than cooperative so we headed to the aquarium for a few hours. The facility is lovely; well-kept, and clean. We got there too late for many of the events they offer, but there was still much to see and do walking...More

Thank Susan-Long-Island
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a nice afternoon at the Aquarium. There was renovations at one building but what was there was the hit of the visit. The otters were doing there usual swimming and such. One of them was just sleeping. As we were about to leave the...More

Thank Riccirhino
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everytime I visit an aquarium, there's something new or special. This is true for the Virginia Aquarium. The one thing I like - one's able to touch live creatures, even children. I have never experienced that before. Many displays of the local animal kingdom.

Thank AnitaK553
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Kimmy S
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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.
Kimmy S
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