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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

#6 of 124 things to do in Virginia Beach Features Animals
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
+1 757-385-3474
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Anniversary Weekend

My husband and I really enjoyed the Aquarium and Marine Science Center. We didn't even mine... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tammy J
Montclair, Virginia
something to do on a rainy day

overpriced for an average aqurium would not go there again .can see the whole thing in about an hour

Reviewed 6 days ago
Farmington, Maine
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A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the main atrtaction at this popular aquarium.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sea turtles” (143 reviews)
“nature trail” (124 reviews)
“marine life” (102 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
+1 757-385-3474
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I really enjoyed the Aquarium and Marine Science Center. We didn't even mine getting soaked walking over to take a look at the Otters! We saw the Snapping Turtle being fed a mouse. Kind of icky for me but okay I guess,...More

Thank Tammy J
Reviewed 6 days ago

overpriced for an average aqurium would not go there again .can see the whole thing in about an hour

Thank alaskanmaineiac
Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my family was so fascinated with this aquarium. Beautiful ocean animals and they appeared to be cared for beautifully. I learned a lot and have a greater respect towards marine animals.

Thank Lindsayrc101
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice place but was disappointed in the aquarium when comparing it to others that I've been too. The displays were very crowded with narrow walk ways. Also I felt there should have been more marine life exhibits.

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This aquarium was crowded on a rainy day at the beach. Due to maintenance of the second large tank, foot traffic was forced to go back on itself to see the next exhibit. For a major coastal resort town, the main building was disappointing.

Thank mcdh4561
Reviewed 1 week ago

23 years in the Navy and this was the first time we were on the ocean! We had a great crew that was so informative and friendly. We had a great view of dolphins and learned so much about them on the trip. Volunteers came...More

Thank devnotdav
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the visit. One trip to this place is not enough. Suffice to say kids or adults all would have fun. Plan ahead they have plenty of fun activities that need reservation. Their 3D theater is state of the art and huge but common it...More

2  Thank abhijai
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is spacious and never feels cramped. I love the atmosphere and the kids love it as well. If you are ever in the southern VA region, please check this place out!!

Thank dejanairo_1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the aquarium today bc of the rainy weather. We had a lovely time in the aquarium. The exhibits were educational, engaging, and great for all age levels. We also chose to go on the Dolphin boat tour. It was AMAZING! We even...More

Thank Amber G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice aquarium but I have seen nicer, it was pretty crowded for a mid week visit and a bit over priced

Thank mbhoakct76
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28 July 2017|
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Response from Ryda086 | Reviewed this property |
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.
Mauricio T
8 June 2017|
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Response from Lacey Crazdwrit... G | Reviewed this property |
I wish that I could help you out but we never used the lockers.
Ariel A
14 May 2017|
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Response from 2blackdog4 | Property representative |
There is a parking lot adjacent to the Virginia Aquarium, and an additional lot just across the street. Parking is free.