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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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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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Our next Member Appreciation Night is July 19 from 6pm to 8pm! Dive into an exclusive evening just for Virginia Aquarium members. Enjoy the exhibits after the daytime crowds have left, chat with our education staff and volunteers with curiosity carts, and meet some of our animal ambassadors. It’s a special evening designed just for you and it's all included in your Aquarium membership! ... See MoreSee Less

Our next Member Appreciation Night is July 19 from 6pm to 8pm! Dive into an exclusive evening just for Virginia Aquarium members. Enjoy the exhibits after the daytime crowds have left, chat with our education staff and volunteers with curiosity carts, and meet some of our animal ambassadors. It’s a special evening designed just for you and its all included in your Aquarium membership!

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Tuesday July 16th, 2019

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Can you please give our Stranding Response Program a call at 757-385-7575 to report the date, time, and exact location of this animal?

Monday July 15th, 2019

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We do not have a public sea turtle release planned yet, but will update our Facebook page, eblast subscribers, and website once we do! 🙂

Alright, Facebook friends, you need to know: while we love each of you, our BFF spot is officially taken by The Virginia Zoo. ... See MoreSee Less

Alright, Facebook friends, you need to know: while we love each of you, our BFF spot is officially taken by The Virginia Zoo.

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We’re members of both and it was the best purchase I’ve made in a long time! We have 5 kids so it’s saved us a ton!!

My family & I went to both last week for vacation while we were staying @ Virginia Beach!

Visited both of you last week on vacation!!

Well done 👏😂

This is me trying to explain my very first trip to the Norfolk Zoo on adult night last week to peeps!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣

And yet no member swap this year 🤔

Taylor Jacobson Peyton Lohaus i for one am here for a meme based platform for our community educators lol

When is the member swap??

When you're members of both Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and The Virginia Zoo

Kelly King 🤣

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Why is this ray smiling? Because on this, the most glorious day of Prime, he wanted to remind you to use smile.amazon.com and select the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, Inc. as your charity*! You win with Prime Day discounts and we win with a donation from Amazon!

*He is also smiling because that's just how he looks all of the time- adorable.
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Why is this ray smiling? Because on this, the most glorious day of Prime, he wanted to remind you to use smile.amazon.com and select the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, Inc. as your charity*! You win with Prime Day discounts and we win with a donation from Amazon!  *He is also smiling because thats just how he looks all of the time- adorable.

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He's just a... RAY... of sunshine.

Sunday July 14th, 2019

Would you be willing to offer a group discount for a orphanage feild trip ? I'm trying to put together a trip out of my own pocket for them. Message me back with any details and info please ... See MoreSee Less

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Please give our team a call at 757-385-3474 and we can look at group rate opportunities.

Love Swedish Fish? How about the Virginia Aquarium? If the answer is yes to both, don't miss your chance to hang out with our friends from Swedish Fish on July 12, 19, and 26 from 10am to 3pm at the Aquarium! We'll have Swedish Fish activities and photo ops, and some sweet samples! Take the quiz below and you could even win a Family Membership to the Virginia Aquarium!

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Love Swedish Fish? How about the Virginia Aquarium? If the answer is yes to both, dont miss your chance to hang out with our friends from Swedish Fish on July 12, 19, and 26 from 10am to 3pm at the Aquarium! Well have Swedish Fish activities and photo ops, and some sweet samples! Take the quiz below and you could even win a Family Membership to the Virginia Aquarium!  https://bit.ly/2XBeEVa

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I use to have the family pass but since you raised prices I haven't been able to afford to go back. Disappointing me and my family haven't been able to go in nearly 2 years.

Love Swedish fish!

Any fish is sweeeeett

Very cool

Love cow nosed rays and swedish fish

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Our next Member Appreciation Night is July 19 from 6pm to 8pm! Dive into an exclusive evening just for Virginia Aquarium members. Enjoy the exhibits after the daytime crowds have left, chat with our education staff and volunteers with curiosity carts, and meet some of our animal ambassadors. It’s a special evening designed just for you and it's all included in your Aquarium membership!
Alright, Facebook friends, you need to know: while we love each of you, our BFF spot is officially taken by The Virginia Zoo.
Why is this ray smiling? Because on this, the most glorious day of Prime, he wanted to remind you to use smile.amazon.com and select the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, Inc. as your charity*! You win with Prime Day discounts and we win with a donation from Amazon!  *He is also smiling because that's just how he looks all of the time- adorable.
Love Swedish Fish? How about the Virginia Aquarium? If the answer is yes to both, don't miss your chance to hang out with our friends from Swedish Fish on July 12, 19, and 26 from 10am to 3pm at the Aquarium! We'll have Swedish Fish activities and photo ops, and some sweet samples! Take the quiz below and you could even win a Family Membership to the Virginia Aquarium!  https://bit.ly/2XBeEVa
Looking for a break from the heat? We’re open from 9am to 6pm today!
Based on the interest that yesterday's post generated, we developed a handy map showing the location of sharks in Virginia Beach. 😂😂😂
When your outfit is on point and bae sees you.  #getonaboat www.vaqboats.com
Happy #hellbenderFriday from the world’s most adorable salamander!*  *This has not been scientifically proven, but don’t @ me.
Join the Aquarium for Plastic Free July! This fun competition helps participants learn by taking part in exciting daily challenges and reducing their impact on the environment! You can participate on the Virginia Aquarium Fans team by clicking on the link below. Have fun keeping up with our efforts, reading what others are doing, eliminating waste, and sharing tips with your team members!  Join here: https://plasticfree.ecochallenge.org/users/join
The Virginia Aquarium is proud to celebrate the diversity of all our guests. Join us on July 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., for an evening of exciting family fun and special activities as we celebrate the kaleidoscope of families and people that make our community so beautiful. Learn more at the link in the comments.
LICENSE PLATE UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who purchased our Protect Sea Life license plate!! 🐢❤️ We gathered enough pre-sales and the bill was signed by the Governor. We recently submitted all of our completed presale forms and payment. Next, the DMV will send a metal plate prototype for approval and, upon approval, will begin production. DMV has taken over processing applications & plate mailing. Thanks again for all your support!
Tomorrow you can meet a real superpower dog! VBPD K9, Chewie, will be visiting us tomorrow starting at 10am. Be sure to catch the Superpower Dogs movie to see just how incredible these canines are in action 🐶
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Sharon B
Sharon B

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

The aquarium was a lot of fun. They have a wide variety of fish and marine mammals. It's just big enough for an afternoon with the family. The kids loved​ the stingray pool. With extra add-ons like 3D movies, seal encounters and dolphin watch cruises, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The dolphin cruise was a lot of fun. It was a nice walk to the otter building, past the Adventure Park. That looked like fun too, but we had little ones with us. All the staff we encountered we're very helpful and friendly.

Samlp Leclp
Samlp Leclp

3 out of 5 stars

posted 49 minutes ago

Not bad overall. Comparing to the Vancouver , Boston and Quebec City that I have seen before, I find this one very small and have less things to see. But I enjoyed still my visit. The staff there is very friendly and I think with a family , passing the time outside the beach can be a good idea.

Sophia Taylor
Sophia Taylor

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 day ago

My family and I enjoyed the aquarium. Once way to get out of the heat. We learned a lot about the marine life of the Chesapeake and Virginia. One of my favorite is learning it was created by a meteor. Kids loved petting the eating rays. There's was something for everyone to enjoy and learn about!

James Rouse
James Rouse

4 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed it so much that we became members. Informative exhibits and friendly staff. Plenty of very lively animals making the visit enjoyable. The nature trail also provides extra value for the admission fee and provides you even more of an idea of how much preservation they contribute to.

Ian Brent
Ian Brent

5 out of 5 stars

posted 19 hours ago

Such a wonderful place for anyone curious about the ocean. Excellent assortment of exhibits and knowledgeable staff and volunteers whose passion is recognizable in every interaction. Exhibits were clean and the animals were incredibly well-cared-for, all the way down to the occasional thunder/lightning effects in the Malaysian Tomistoma enclosure. Truly one of the best aquariums I've been to.