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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

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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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Take a break from your Monday and see if you can figure out what kind of fish this is! ... See MoreSee Less

Take a break from your Monday and see if you can figure out what kind of fish this is!

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It's a purty one!

No regional location?

Beautifully awesome juvenile mahi-mahi!!

mahi mahi!!

Tuna snack!

It looks like a type of goby.

bowfin fry?

Barrie Meehan Meller

Wrass

Jackson Robertson

Mahi mahi

Bowfin?

Sickleback?

Electric greenie.

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Santa takes a dive in our Red Sea Tunnel each Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am through December 22. Don’t miss the jolly old elf in his underwater best! ... See MoreSee Less

Santa takes a dive in our Red Sea Tunnel each Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am through December 22. Don’t miss the jolly old elf in his underwater best!

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How long is his dive? Is it just at 10:30 and no other time?

Have you seen this man(atee)???
If you spot it, PLEASE call our Stranding Response Program at 757-385-7575. It is getting too cold for floaty potatoes to be in our water.
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Have you seen this man(atee)??? If you spot it, PLEASE call our Stranding Response Program at 757-385-7575. It is getting too cold for floaty potatoes to be in our water.

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“Floaty potatoes!” 😆 😂

What area has it been spotted in for reference?

Floaty 🥔 Garrett Shea

Is it possible this us the same one that was seen in owl creek? Will the stranding response team try to rescue it?

Yikes! Too cold for this baby for sure.

Beccie Pearl a floaty potato out your way!

Jamie Kelchner floaty potato in Virginia

I pray that find it and relocate.

Jo-Ann Bennett Scichilone floaty potatoes 😂😂😂

Hope he's retrieved soon so he can get somewhere warm.

Catherine Floaty Potato!

He needs to get south.

Ha. At first glance, I thought it was a hippo

He's back??

Go south baby!!!

Madison Rankin

Vikki Angel

Meredith Courtney Simmons

Charles Schirra 🤔

Ok😭

Let it do its thang, other fish gotta eat too.

Ian Tobey cancel all plans

Amy Lynne LaMontagne Joe LaMontagne

Aiden Cassandra

That animal looks more like a pilot whale than a manatee.

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Friday December 6th, 2019

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Hi Mike! Yes, it sounds like the plates are being distributed by the DMV to presale purchasers now. We anticipate that they should be available in DMVs statewide after that! 🙂

Thursday December 5th, 2019

Kudos to the staff for such an enjoyable evening. What a wonderful event for the volunteers and their families. ... See MoreSee Less

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It is we who thank you for all you do for us! It was a lovely evening.

Thursday December 5th, 2019

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Pantone's Color of the Year for 2020 is Classic Blue. ...This just feels....right. #yearoftheaquarium ... See MoreSee Less

Pantones Color of the Year for 2020 is Classic Blue. ...This just feels....right. #YearoftheAquarium

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Melissa Rummel similar to your walls

Wednesday December 4th, 2019

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Donate blood at the Aquarium's Blood Drive on December 27 and you'll receive a complimentary admission pass to the Aquarium and a special edition American Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt (while supplies last). Use sponsor code VAMS to sign up!

Aquarium admission is not required to give blood at the drive.
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Donate blood at the Aquariums Blood Drive on December 27 and youll receive a complimentary admission pass to the Aquarium and a special edition American Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt (while supplies last). Use sponsor code VAMS to sign up! Aquarium admission is not required to give blood at the drive.

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Kerri Bresko Hutchinson

Well, unfortunately the late sea turtle nest at the North End was unsuccessful. Our Stranding Response Program staff checked the nest today (at 82 days of incubation) and found that none of the eggs showed signs of hatching. In fact, the eggs appeared to cease development very early on (see the third photo of a sea turtle embryo). ... See MoreSee Less

Well, unfortunately the late sea turtle nest at the North End was unsuccessful. Our Stranding Response Program staff checked the nest today (at 82 days of incubation) and found that none of the eggs showed signs of hatching. In fact, the eggs appeared to cease development very early on (see the third photo of a sea turtle embryo).

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At least they tried to save them. Thank you to the Stranding Response Program staff. <3 <3 <3

As sad as this is, it’s kinda refreshing and strangely inspiring to see the sharing of failures and not just successes. A good insight into how science (and life, for that matter) really works

Thank you so much for trying to safe the sea turtles eggs.

Thanks to stranding staff

Thank you for all that you do! ❤ standing team!

Thank you for trying!!

Is there a reason that this might happen?

Is it possible to move the eggs to higher ground?

That's unfortunate. And sad.

Too cold?

ใช้ตู้ฟักไข่เพื่อควบคุมอุณหภูมิเพิ่มการรอดชีวิต

So sorry.

This years my heart out.

Was this where they were doing a lot of construction?

Poor babies. 💔

Oh no...that’s 😔

This makes me sad 😞

So sad

😢😢

😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😢

😥

Aww to bad

Lindsay 😢😢

Jean Tatem David Haycox

What a shame, poor little things!

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It's the moooooooost wonderfullll tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeeeeeeear! IT'S WHALE SEASON!!!

Make your plans to join us for one of the first trips this season- we begin departing on December 14! Full schedule is available on our website and in the comments section!
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Its the moooooooost wonderfullll tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeeeeeeear! ITS WHALE SEASON!!! Make your plans to join us for one of the first trips this season- we begin departing on December 14! Full schedule is available on our website and in the comments section!

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Schedule here: Dec 14, 15, 21 & 22 Sat & Sun 2 pm Dec 23 – Jan 5 (No trip Dec 25) Mon – Fri 2 pm Sat & Sun 10 am & 2 pm Jan 8 – Mar 8 Wed – Fri 2 pm Sat & Sun 10 am & 2 pm

Arye Lundy will you and Cody please go with me before Kevin gets back!

Have the whales arrived ??????

So hype for this!

Can’t wait !

Ready!

This year for sure! Shihuihui Bee! 🐳 👀 🌊 

Mary Ellen remember our amazing day!!

Kelli Hull I don't know if y'all will hang around at all or just get back on the road when u visit. But thought of u..

Corey Brocus Rebecca Dalgarn Brocus ???

Tina, woooooing whales!

Tae Edell I’ll take Dramamine this time

Ellie Mosley

Deborah Cornell Perry can we whale watch for Christmas? 😁

Becki

Yay!!

Stephen Blake Cole

Dana Roberts

Shirley Martin Adams when you come out we could do this!

Alice Decker

Neil Robinson we can plan this again.

Amanda Mowery

Brandon Kee

The link to buy tickets is not working!

Colton Haynes let go whale watching...want to?

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It’s Museum Store Sunday! Shop at the Aquarium Store (no admission required to shop!) today and you’ll receive 25% off your total purchase.

No other discounts apply.
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It’s Museum Store Sunday! Shop at the Aquarium Store (no admission required to shop!) today and you’ll receive 25% off your total purchase. No other discounts apply.
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Take a break from your Monday and see if you can figure out what kind of fish this is!
Santa takes a dive in our Red Sea Tunnel each Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am through December 22. Don’t miss the jolly old elf in his underwater best!
Pantone's Color of the Year for 2020 is Classic Blue. ...This just feels....right. #YearoftheAquarium
Donate blood at the Aquarium's Blood Drive on December 27 and you'll receive a complimentary admission pass to the Aquarium and a special edition American Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt (while supplies last). Use sponsor code VAMS to sign up! Aquarium admission is not required to give blood at the drive.
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