Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Hours:Every Day 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region: General Booth, Virginia Beach
Come sea beyond the surface at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Experience our hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands.
Get up close and personal with Virginia Beach’s most beloved residents at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. From the sea turtles in the Light Tower exhibit to the sharks swimming in our Norfolk Canyon aquarium, you’ll be able to make your Virginia Beach visit come alive. With more than 10,000 animals representing over 300 species, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy. See eye to eye with Komodo dragons, go below the water with endangered Malaysian crocodiles, and interact with playful harbor seals. Featuring hands-on exhibits, live animal habitats, and a beautiful one third of a mile nature trail, there are hundreds of ways to learn and play. Want to see more? Take a Virginia Aquarium boat trip and see dolphins, pelicans, and other native wildlife. Or help work a trawl net to collect fish and invertebrates during an Ocean Collections trip. In the winter months, Virginia Aquarium boat trips
The Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Cats & Dogs is an awesome opportunity to learn about the incredible animals that people have lived with for thousands of years. This exhibit offers a sensory and interactive journey by allowing you to put yourself in an animal's place. You will learn about their behavior and actions through the fun of games and simulations! This exhibit is included with your Aquarium admission.
Don’t miss the Virginia Aquarium Giant Screen Theater. Boasting one of the largest movie screens in Virginia, each seat has an incredible view of one of the educational and entertaining movies being shown. Visit VirginiaAquarium.com and start planning your visit today.
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Had a wonderful visit with my husband and toddler today. The exhibits were fun and interactive. The staff were friendly and helpful. The parking was convenient. The restroom facilities were clean and easily accessible. We could have stayed for many more hours reading, learning, and exploring together. We arrived at 2:30pm; there was not a line and it was almost empty.
So I'm a fan of aquariums, and I really enjoyed the arch they had where you can walk through the hallway and a variety of fish and small sharks would swim above you. That was pretty cool. While I was impressed with their turtle exhibit and their efforts to keep the ocean clean, their shark exhibit was lacking. There were only a few of them and they were quite small. I enjoyed that a lot of their exhibits focused on the creatures right in the Chesapeake Bay. Keeping it local. Overall I had a fun time, just wish the place had a little more to offer.
I love this place! I just wish I could go more often. There are so turtles, skates, a few small sharks, and so much more. Make you wonder how much more you could see. I would definitely recommend this. If you live in the area, get the membership. It's worth it.
My second time here and really had fun. So much to see and taking half the day to enjoy it and see all of the different sea life that is out there is quite an sight to see. Friendly and knowledgeable staff too. Haven't checked out the movies offered yet nor the boat ride which will be next time.
I have visited this aquarium once before. It is very well kept, very clean, and a great way to spend the day. We loved the outdoor walking area that shows the natural environment one would find in Virginia Beach. There are crabs, snakes, a pretty boardwalk over the water, and many birds. There was a huge selections of fish and sea life here. The tanks are well maintained, and there is a lot of sea life to admire. The shark tank is awesome, as well as the area with the sea turtles, reptiles, and jellyfish. There is a food court (they have beer!!) and a movie theater area. While we were there, they had a dog and cat expo set up, which contained games, information, videos, etc about many breeds of dogs and cats. The aquarium is minutes away from the strip of hotels in VB and is definitely a place I would recommend for families as well as anyone at all who wants to see some cool fish.