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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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Loved it! Beautiful and educational! Loved the movie!

The exhibitions are very nice. We very much enjoyed the 3D movie on the big screen about turtle... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Thank you Virginia Aquarium!

Great place to spend the day with grand babies! They absolutely loved touching the Sting Rays and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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“sea turtles”(156 reviews)
“nature trail”(143 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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The exhibitions are very nice. We very much enjoyed the 3D movie on the big screen about turtle life. Got to touch a stingray. Fun for kids and adults!

Thank irapinklady
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place to spend the day with grand babies! They absolutely loved touching the Sting Rays and Horse-Shoe crabs. The Curious George room was a BIG hit, and a chance to rest our feet a minutes. I don't want to describe all the things there,...More

Thank Tina M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was a very nice place to go see the sea world... They had a very clean place and restrooms too. Always something to eat or snack on there too. I really did enjoyed myself there.

Thank DeWayne H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Enormous! There are so many aquatic animals to see. We’ve been to the aquariums at Manteo and Fort Fisher and this one is probably twice the size of each. Be prepared to want to return to do the Adventure Park if you walk the nature...More

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't know what to expect, but it was really great. In certain areas there were staff to explain stuff to you if you wanted. Getting to see all sorts of fish and ocean wildlife was wonderful. I must say the sea turtles were my favorite....More

Thank tbourelle
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great aquarium. I have been to many, even the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and this beats it but a long shot. Excellent exhibits really let you into the habitats without getting wet, and literally inches away from some amazing creatures.

Thank dannyosten
Reviewed 1 week ago

There was so much to see! Some birds were free-flying & the guide identified them as they seen flying to a "pond" which contained fish. Many exhibits that allowed adults/children to try them & see the results---such as a volcano. Very nice Starbucks area w/seating....More

Thank rosivdapirt_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the exhibits but was bothered by dark pathways in between them. Wanted to see the films but wasn't given good info on how that works. Staff in the exhibits were very helpful.

Thank Andrea K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is so much to do and see here. Seeing all the sharks, see turtles and other critters is awesome. I particularly loved the stingray pool. Getting the chance to pet live stingrays is something I'll never forget. They've got all you need for a...More

Thank bigfish26
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our daughter & her family live in VA Beach, and we've visited the aquarium several times. Our grandkids are 4 years and 20 months old & it was great for both of them. There's just enough to keep their & our interest without being overwhelming....More

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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
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Response from HuntingtownTraveler | Reviewed this property |
We were there with a Boy Scout Troop and the Troop covered the cost - I know that it was discounted significantly so perhaps not terribly helpful. Sorry.
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