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Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

717 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451

757-385-3474

Hours:

Every Day 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region: General Booth, Virginia Beach

WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

Message Regarding the Coronavirus at Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center https://www.virginiaaquarium.com/visit/Pages/Operating-Updates.aspx

Description

Come sea beyond the surface at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Experience our hands-on exhibits, 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 thousands of animals representing hundreds of 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 tour 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 Aquarium’s newest changing exhibit, Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit​​​, visitors become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as they follow his path; weave a web with the Very Busy Spider; find their light with the Very Lonely Firefly; make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump; and compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket. 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.

The best Aquarium on the east coast! Only 2 miles from the oceanfront. Come see and touch aquatic life with your family!

5 of 5 Stars
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Happy World Otter Day! 🐾 May 27 is a day to celebrate these rambunctious creatures, including our very own Tippy, Homer, and Sheldon 🎉 . North American river otters can slow down their heart rate to remain under water 6-8 minutes during dives. River otters are also keystone species for watersheds. Their presence indicates the presence of good, clean water and a healthy habitat. 🌿💧
Meet Neon, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that was rescued after accidentally being hooked by a fisherman this past weekend. 🐢Neon was brought into the Stranding Response Program, where the hook was removed. A follow-up exam was conducted, after which our vet cleared Neon for release. Neon was released this morning & is doing great! Thank you to the fishing group who called us & our Stranding Response team. 👏👏 . As the summer season approaches, here are a few reminders if you come across a hooked sea turtle: 1- Call the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program 757-385-7575 2- Do not release the turtle or try to remove the hook yourself 3- Once the turtle is in hand, cut the line with at least 2 feet of line still attached 4- Wait for the Stranding Response Team for next steps
Home of the free, because of the brave. On this Memorial Day & every day- we honor, remember & thank you for your service & ultimate sacrifice. ❤️🤍💙
Spring means singing birds but no bird sings quite like our chickadee 🎶🐦#SundaySuperlative
Did we do this avatar thing right? 😂🤣 But really, we've taken all of the submitted names and narrowed it down to four. Time to vote and tell us what this ray should be named! Vote at the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5WRCGRY Voting closes on Monday, May 25 at 11:59pm!
Time for Who Am I Wednesday! Can you identify this up close picture of one of our animals? Drop your best guess in the comments (and see if you're right tomorrow, when we put the answer in the comments)!
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Friday June 5th, 2020

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I love the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium. It is so relaxing just watching the different fish swim by. Thanks for sharing the video.🐡🐠🐟🐡

We visited last September. Hope to make it down the end of this September.

Hi , thank you for sharing its so beautiful can't wait for you all to open

We actually drove by the other day to see the outside tank but it was empty 😞

I miss that exhibit and you!

Excited to come visit again soon🥰

Great place to visit

The seals are Awesome

We loved it there

Thank you!!!! I miss the aquarium so badly! How is little miss octopus 🐙 doing? She is my favorite and I miss her!

Hi there, Ernie here 👋 what are you feeding them?

Thanks Matt 😊

That’s awesome

HI MATT!

my son Cameron would like to know what they are eating

Thank you haha

We miss you!!

Does the aquarium breed any of the fish at the aquarium?

Do you have any tautogs?

Wow. So cool about the tarpon!

Hopefully your be open in September when we come

How many flounder are in the tank?

Do you have bigger fish

Hi

When are you guys opening back up????

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Live video of a sea turtle release of a stranded Kemp's ridley. ... See MoreSee Less

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Safe travels, Hootie! Thank you to the Strand and Response Team!

Love what they do. On to new adventures Hootie.

Hootie! If only there were a few blowfish in there too!😅

Good job, everyone. 👍

love your words - hope & joy (one of the reasons I follow you)

❤️👍

amo las tortugas 🤪🤪🤪🤪

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We are reopening soon… just taking the (sea) turtle approach vs. the hare 😉🐢(how is there not a sea turtle emoji yet?)

Virginia will move into Phase II starting June 5, however the Virginia Aquarium is still making the final preparations needed to reopen, including additional measures to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests in light of the pandemic. These steps take time to implement. We appreciate your understanding and will keep you all updated with details regarding when we will be welcoming guests back.

Stay tuned to our social media channels for details on our reopening date for our Members and guests. We can’t wait to welcome you back soon!
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My daughter and I visit weekly and have been missing Toddler Time and seeing all her favorite animals (especially the Bobwhite, Russell, the turtles, and Pickles). We cannot wait to come back!! 😍🐢

Oh we hope you are open by July 17th! 🥰 We love the Aquarium and the Dolphin Discoveries.

Hooray! We’re coming June 13th and were hoping to be there that week, so I hope you can open soon!

Visited this time last year and loved it! Hoping to come back one day.

Yay! My kids will be thrilled to be able to visit again!

Im hoping you will be open next week ..was really hopin to take my kiddos this week coming up

Thank you for being safe. ❤️

We are so excited. Coming to VA in a few weeks? My son is three will he have to wear a mask in order to visit?

Yay. We can’t wait.

Turtle love u

We will Be in Virginia Beach area next Thursday and Friday will You be open ?

So you will not be opening on June 5th then, do you know when?

😃

Ginger I miss u

Clifford Woodward we are going opening day!!!!!!!!!

Deveax Kassy Deal I can't wait to go

Sarah Manbeck

Jon Page 💔 I wanna gooooo

Alacia Wever

Great news! We really do need a sea turtle emoji.

Hi! We are looking forward to visiting soon! Will you all be open in the next week?

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Wednesday June 3rd, 2020

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We are still finalizing reopening plans and do not have an official reopening date to share yet, but when we do, we will post it on this page, our website, and through our eblast.

It's go time! 😬💪Sandy is in the middle of training for our virtual 5K happening in just two weeks. All abilities welcome 🐢🐰
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🏅And if you're looking to add a new medal to the collection, we've increased our numbers so the first 200 participants get a free medal! 🏅
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Register here: ow.ly/TUga50zKnmm
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I already signed up a week ago does that mean I’ll be getting one!?

I need Sandy’s trainer!

Sandy is killing it!!! 💪

Do you all have an idea of when you will be allowed to open back up?

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Friday May 29th, 2020

Is the aquarium still closed even though some things are open?? ... See MoreSee Less

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Yes, we are still currently closed to guests. We will share reopening information when we have it!

Friday May 29th, 2020

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What is interesting is that last year when she laid eggs, she kept visiting the nest--sort of tending the nest.

There sooo cute what are they cald

We miss you all so much. Hope you can open before we come down in October

“I am college educated” 😂😂😂

I miss the Aquarium 😭😭

Have to check them next time in town!!

Wow trained..never knew

I miss them!

Amazing

Can they see color or just shades?

What are they eating?

😊😊

Hi

Dominick Chappell

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Happy World Otter Day! 🐾 May 27 is a day to celebrate these rambunctious creatures, including our very own Tippy, Homer, and Sheldon 🎉
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North American river otters can slow down their heart rate to remain under water 6-8 minutes during dives. River otters are also keystone species for watersheds. Their presence indicates the presence of good, clean water and a healthy habitat. 🌿💧
... See MoreSee Less

Happy World Otter Day! 🐾 May 27 is a day to celebrate these rambunctious creatures, including our very own Tippy, Homer, and Sheldon 🎉 . North American river otters can slow down their heart rate to remain under water 6-8 minutes during dives. River otters are also keystone species for watersheds. Their presence indicates the presence of good, clean water and a healthy habitat. 🌿💧

Comment on Facebook Happy World Otter ...

I know Sheldon and company got some extra special treats today? I miss the otters and will be glad once they can be seen again. They never fail to make me laugh with their antics!❤️

Ashley Jenkins

Our new mascot's name is...
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🎆Speckles!🎆
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Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions and voted for our new spotted eagle ray's name. Sandy and Speckles are about to be the best duo out there.
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Cool!! FUN FOR EVERYONE! !

Love the name

Too cute!

Cute and whats the turtles name?

Sea flap flap

Adorrrrrrable

When do u plan on opening?

Sam Giuliano

Skye Marie Moore

Kat Frances

Jess Findish 😂😂

Jonathan 😂

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Wednesday May 27th, 2020

Will you guys be open by june 25th? I'd love to bring my son in for his birthday. He loves turtles and sharks. I'd pay double just to be able to bring him. 😭 ... See MoreSee Less

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Unfortunately, we do not have an official reopening date. Once we do, we will announce it on our social media pages, website, and via our eblast.

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