Virginia Beach is the home of many museums for fun-filled days and nights with the family. Besides outdoor activities, Virginia Beach offers amazing indoor opportunities to learn and be amazed.
The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center features animals and opportunities to learn about sea life firsthand, including petting stingrays in an interactive tank. With over 700,000 gallons of aquarium and animal habitats, you can expect to be amazed by the different animals and fish they have swimming around. There are Loggerhead Turtles, Sand Tiger Sharks, rays and even Otters. Over 50 different species of fish occupy the aquariums.
If sea animals aren’t your thing, or your kids’ favorite, then you can also visit the Atlantic Waterfowl Heritage Museum. The main exhibits are located at 1113 Atlantic Avenue inside the historic de Witt Cottage right on the boardwalk. Inside the museum, you will find many displays and artifacts all about the wildfowl that passed through Virginia on their migration paths. These displays include wild birds such as ducks, loons, swans and geese. Lifelike carvings and decoys are all on display, as well as an art gallery featuring the beauty of the feathered flocks. You will also find a pictorial history of the area of Virginia Beach on the second floor. Before you go, make sure you take a look around the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum garden area. This seaside paradise has more than 50 varieties of flowers, trees and other plants that enjoy the local salty sea air.
The Old Coast Guard Station honors and preserves the history of Virginia’s coastal communities and maritime heritage. The scope of the Station’s exhibits begins with the Virginia Beach community and extends to subjects related to Virginia’s oceanfront, coastal and water-related heritage. The museum’s two galleries depict the history of the United States Life-Saving and Coast Guard Services and strong>shipwrecks on the Virginia Coast.
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