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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

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717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
+1 757-385-3474
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Love the outdoor section and views.

Kind of a smaller aquarium. Has a great view of the creek and marsh. A lot of stuff for kids to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
saltlife3122
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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Learning is Fun

Spent two days visiting the aquarium recently. We spent the first day visiting the aquarium itself... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Daniel C
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A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the main atrtaction at this popular aquarium.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea turtles” (152 reviews)
“nature trail” (137 reviews)
“marine life” (106 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Kind of a smaller aquarium. Has a great view of the creek and marsh. A lot of stuff for kids to see, do, and walk around to. The outside walk and activities are fun too. Great to actually see otters having fun.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent two days visiting the aquarium recently. We spent the first day visiting the aquarium itself and enjoyed every minute. We got to see Komodo Dragons, River Otters, Harbor Seals, rays, snakes, etc On the second day, we took one of the whale watching boat...More

Thank Daniel C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I like snorkeling. Going through the aquarium "tunnel" just feels like it. Great interaction with the rays.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

On super hot days at the beach or just desire to do something different, the aquarium is a great place to easily spend several hours. Its a great way to spend the day seeing local and not-so-local sea and reef life. A must do for...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Although it wasn't as large as I expected there were some very interested exhibits like the Ray tank, turtle tank and the shark tank. The staff were very knowledgeable and informative. Loved the gift shop as well.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in town visiting the in laws, they wanted to take their grandson somewhere. Once we got there , it didnt take long to get our tickets and before long we were in the Aquarium. Right away we started seeing some local fresh water...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Perhaps we were spoiled by the Aquarium in Baltmore and Shedd in Chicago but we as adults found this one to be small and many of the exhibits out dated. The attractions are spread between 2 non connected buildings. Its about a 5 - 10...More

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2blackdog4, Marketing Director at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback, as it does help us improve. Caryl Thompson

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love to see the otters, sharks, seals and the the 3D Amazon's movie was excellent! At this time weather was very could and we were not able to enjoy the wilderness trail. Maybe next time

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a couple of hours and were looking for a mostly indoor activity in the area and went with the Virginia aquarium. While not the largest or best aquarium we’ve been to, it’s worth a trip. There were seals, otters, sharks, sea turtles, and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I took out toddler, who is 18 months old. We went on a day they were offering 50% off for Hampton Roads residents. I enjoyed it. My wife enjoyed it. My daughter loves the ducks! It was nice to see but I’m...More

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We went on a Wednesday... it was crowded... but I would agree, staff handle it well. I think there were a couple buses there from camps and what not. I would bet that Sundays are less crowded.
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We didn't know they had lockers either but we didn't need them.
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