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Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

717 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-385-3474
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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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Friday September 13th, 2019

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Do not miss the Eleanor & Henry Watts Conservation Speaker Series: Dr. John Cook on Tuesday! Renowned speaker Dr. John Cook will discuss countering misinformation about climate change. The doors open at 5:30 for happy hour and the talk will begin at 6:30pm.​ Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. This is a free event. Seating is first come, first served. ... See MoreSee Less

Do not miss the Eleanor & Henry Watts Conservation Speaker Series: Dr. John Cook on Tuesday! Renowned speaker Dr. John Cook will discuss countering misinformation about climate change. The doors open at 5:30 for happy hour and the talk will begin at 6:30pm.​ Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. This is a free event. Seating is first come, first served.

Thursday September 12th, 2019

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Say hello to our newest residents: rainbowfish! You can see them in the exhibit across from our uromastyx, hedgehogs, and cobra! ... See MoreSee Less

Say hello to our newest residents: rainbowfish! You can see them in the exhibit across from our uromastyx, hedgehogs, and cobra!

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Guess we will be stopping by to see them soon🙂

Tuesday September 10th, 2019

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We heard back from the DMV regarding the updated timeline. Now that we have approved the plates, their goal is to have preorder applications processed and mailed in late November and the plate available online and at all DMV locations by mid-December!

Saturday September 7th, 2019

Has the Cats and Dogs exhibit closed yet or do we still have a chance to see it? ... See MoreSee Less

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Cats & Dogs has closed but our next exhibit will open on September 21!

Love this view as much as we do? GREAT! Come say hi tomorrow- we'll be open for regular business hours from 9am to 5pm. ... See MoreSee Less

Love this view as much as we do? GREAT! Come say hi tomorrow- well be open for regular business hours from 9am to 5pm.

Thursday September 5th, 2019

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Due to the planned inclement weather, the Virginia Aquarium will be closed on Friday, September 6. Please check our Facebook page or website for updated information on operating hours for Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8. ... See MoreSee Less

Due to the planned inclement weather, the Virginia Aquarium will be closed on Friday, September 6. Please check our Facebook page or website for updated information on operating hours for Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8.

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Wednesday September 4th, 2019

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Need a smile? Here's Russell the crow's reaction to a joke. ... See MoreSee Less

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I love Russel!

My son loves talking to Russell. I can't wait to show him this when he wakes up.

I’ve always wanted a pet crow.

So cute, they are so smart!

My son's love for birds started with a visit to the Aquarium. He sat and talked to Russell for a long time. <3

Loved visiting with her when I volunteered in birds. She’s so cute!

So sweet 😍

This sweet bird will be on display soon in Upland River. He LOVES conversing with folks as shown here.

I love that the crows name is Russell!!

I love her

love this crow! are they still planning to add her to the bird exhibit in the main building?

So cute

Very cool!!! I didn’t know that crows could be trained!

Is Russel a Fish Crow?

Jacob Gainey

Gay Frazee

Where has Russell been staying while the building is being renovated?

Alfred Murray

Robbie Vogler

Jason Drummond well, that’s it. Now I need a crow named Russell.

Jennifer Carpenter Brodhead

Jeanne Winstead they have a Russell Crow too! But do they have a Sheryl?

Tori Lynn Eastep

Adam'n'Karolyn Wessel Robbins

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Tuesday September 3rd, 2019

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

We are monitoring #HurricaneDorian and will note any changes to operations. There are two definite changes as of right now: we have cancelled boat trips until Saturday at 2pm, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation State of the Bay event has been postponed.Virginia Beach officials are closely monitoring #HurricaneDorian. Citizens should take steps now to prepare their home and family for possible impacts from the storm including power outages. Learn more at www.ready.gov www.vaemergency.gov/ ... See MoreSee Less

We are monitoring #HurricaneDorian and will note any changes to operations. There are two definite changes as of right now: we have cancelled boat trips until Saturday at 2pm, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation State of the Bay event has been postponed.
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Do not miss the Eleanor & Henry Watts Conservation Speaker Series: Dr. John Cook on Tuesday! Renowned speaker Dr. John Cook will discuss countering misinformation about climate change. The doors open at 5:30 for happy hour and the talk will begin at 6:30pm.​ Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. This is a free event. Seating is first come, first served.
Say hello to our newest residents: rainbowfish! You can see them in the exhibit across from our uromastyx, hedgehogs, and cobra!
Love this view as much as we do? GREAT! Come say hi tomorrow- we'll be open for regular business hours from 9am to 5pm.
Due to the planned inclement weather, the Virginia Aquarium will be closed on Friday, September 6. Please check our Facebook page or website for updated information on operating hours for Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8.
Labor Day Weekend is for salads! Don’t let “big bbq” tell you otherwise!  We’re open today from 11am to 6pm and Monday from 9am to 6pm.
Just add water to your Labor Day for a little more fun. Dolphin trips running daily (with a special Sunday at 6pm trip on 9/1).
Looking to add some sea turtle to your Labor Day weekend? Please note a minor change in our operating hours for Sunday!
Friday, August 30: 9am to 6pm
Saturday, August 31: 9am to 6pm
Sunday, September 1: 11am to 6pm
Monday, September 2: 9am to 6pm
UPDATE: We have just heard back from the DMV regarding the updated timeline. Now that we have approved the plates, their goal is to have preorder applications processed and mailed in late November and the plate available online and at all DMV locations by mid-December!  "Wow, this almost looks like a picture of the new license plate!" THAT'S BECAUSE IT IS!!!  We've received the metal proof, approved it with no changes, and sent it back to the DMV, so this license plate is HEADED FOR PRODUCTION! And then you can find it on SUPER COOL CARS AROUND THE STATE! 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙
On Friday August 23 from 10am to 3pm, you are invited to meet our special guests: Virginia Beach Police Department K9 Chewie and his partner Officer Tull! They will be outside of the Cats and Dogs exhibit to talk about what they do as members of the VB K9 police.  More on the very good boy:
VBPD K9 Chewie is a Chocolate Lab trained to locate explosive odors. He has worked as a police dog for approximately 7 years protecting the citizens of Virginia Beach and the entire surrounding Hampton Roads. Prior to becoming a police K9, he was a military working dog that completed 2 tours in Afghanistan serving in Operation Enduring Freedom for the United States Marine Corps. He is a decorated veteran with confirmed IED finds.
There's still time to RSVP for the State of the Bay Panel Discussion on September 4 beginning at 6pm! Register at cbf.org/baypanel
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Michelle Peterson
Michelle Peterson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 days ago

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.

Katelyn Caltagirone
Katelyn Caltagirone

4 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

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.

carla deyoe
carla deyoe

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

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.

Chris Hodge
Chris Hodge

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

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.

Angela Pulella
Angela Pulella

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

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.

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