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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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Don't forget, our semi-annual Winter E-Cycling event is Saturday from 9am to 12noon, and it's FREE to drop off items! Find a full list of accepted items in the event link above. ... See MoreSee Less

Dont forget, our semi-annual Winter E-Cycling event is Saturday from 9am to 12noon, and its FREE to drop off items! Find a full list of accepted items in the event link above.

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I saw there is no fee, but donations are accepted. Who receives those donations? The Aquarium?

Mike Lee

Thursday January 23rd, 2020

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The #dollypartonchallenge is better with dragons. ... See MoreSee Less

The #DollyPartonChallenge is better with dragons.

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I would say most things are better with dragons. I always lived seeing them when we would visit.

Dang it! Someone got my "everything's better with dragons!" comment first 😂

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I agree!! 😂

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What is the #DollyPartonChallenge?

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Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

E-cycling this weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

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Have you noticed the amazing people in the red shirts throughout the Aquarium? They're our volunteers, and they rock. Want to rock, too? Learn about volunteer opportunities at Thursday's Volunteer Open House (4-5:30pm at the Aquarium). ... See MoreSee Less

Have you noticed the amazing people in the red shirts throughout the Aquarium? Theyre our volunteers, and they rock. Want to rock, too? Learn about volunteer opportunities at Thursdays Volunteer Open House (4-5:30pm at the Aquarium).

Tuesday January 21st, 2020

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We’re open today until 5pm! Come say hi to this magnificent face! ... See MoreSee Less

We’re open today until 5pm! Come say hi to this magnificent face!

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Love the Komoto Dragons. Any chance the juveniles will be on display sometime in the near future?

do yall have elevators

Monday January 20th, 2020

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Friday January 17th, 2020

I took this photo on the back side of your museum this was about 1988. I thought you might like to see how its changed over the decades since. Kind regards, Jill Swartz ... See MoreSee Less

I took this photo on the back side of your museum this was about 1988. I thought you might like to see how its changed over the decades since. Kind regards, Jill Swartz

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This is so cool! Thank you for sharing! Would you mind if we posted to our page soon?

Thursday January 16th, 2020

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

We're proud to offer another Sensory Friendly Morning event on Sunday, January 19 from 7:30am to 9am! We will open early exclusively for individuals and families wanting a quieter Aquarium experience with soft lighting, limited sounds, and other modifications. We hope that this special event will allow guests to enjoy the animals and exhibits at their own pace and ensure a comfortable visit for everyone, before the doors open to the general public at 9 a.m.​ Learn more at our website link in the comments. ... See MoreSee Less

Were proud to offer another Sensory Friendly Morning event on Sunday, January 19 from 7:30am to 9am! We will open early exclusively for individuals and families wanting a quieter Aquarium experience with soft lighting, limited sounds, and other modifications. We hope that this special event will allow guests to enjoy the animals and exhibits at their own pace and ensure a comfortable visit for everyone, before the doors open to the general public at 9 a.m.​ Learn more at our website link in the comments.

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Wow that is wonderful 🤗

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Robert Saunders thought this might be good for DJ.

Jen Balzarano Dillon maybe one Saturday

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Wednesday January 15th, 2020

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Pretty cool office view for the day. Tickets still available for upcoming trips- make your purchase at www.vaqboats.com today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Will be there Saturday! I can't wait!😁

I can’t wait to do the whale watch

Logan Sutherland

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Don't forget, our semi-annual Winter E-Cycling event is Saturday from 9am to 12noon, and it's FREE to drop off items! Find a full list of accepted items in the event link above.
The #DollyPartonChallenge is better with dragons.
Have you noticed the amazing people in the red shirts throughout the Aquarium? They're our volunteers, and they rock. Want to rock, too? Learn about volunteer opportunities at Thursday's Volunteer Open House (4-5:30pm at the Aquarium).
We’re open today until 5pm! Come say hi to this magnificent face!
We're proud to offer another Sensory Friendly Morning event on Sunday, January 19 from 7:30am to 9am! We will open early exclusively for individuals and families wanting a quieter Aquarium experience with soft lighting, limited sounds, and other modifications. We hope that this special event will allow guests to enjoy the animals and exhibits at their own pace and ensure a comfortable visit for everyone, before the doors open to the general public at 9 a.m.​ Learn more at our website link in the comments.
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