We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Features Animals
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
+1 757-385-3474
Review Highlights
Expected more but happy with visit

First building with seals is nice, second building nothing really but otters. Pricey for what you... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tina H
Greensboro, North Carolina
Trip to Virginia Beach

We visited the aquarium during our vacation to Virginia Beach. Small but nice place. Enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Pew C
via mobile
Read all 2,847 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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” (146 reviews)
“nature trail” (135 reviews)
“marine life” (103 reviews)
Closes in 2 min
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
+1 757-385-3474
Write a Review
Reviews (2,847)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 2,793 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

First building with seals is nice, second building nothing really but otters. Pricey for what you see. For price I expected more like myrtle beaches ripleys aquarium. Great place for kids.

Thank Tina H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited the aquarium during our vacation to Virginia Beach. Small but nice place. Enjoyed the visit.

Thank Pew C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My grandchildren love the aquarium. There’s so much to see and do. Always go to a movie while we there. The snack bar has healthy snacks for kids. Some exhibits change which is great. The visit start outside with huge tank of seals.

Thank Doris Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great hands on exhibits and educational displays. Staff and volunteers were incredibly nice. Not crowded which is why I chose a winter visit. Also, if you play Pokemon there are a ton of pokestops to visit. :)

Thank Shannanigans S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Something for everyone. Great exhibits and hands-on activities. Superb acquarium and very modern attractions.

Thank 312lawrencem
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a group visit with 15 people and we had a fun time. A great couple place or family outing. It was raining so we didn't explore outside areas but that is an option too.

Thank robynvitto
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was with the family including 6 years old boys. All enjoyed. Price must be 2 times less for quality offered but one time OK.

Thank Michael Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Aquarium is nicely laid out, and has a very nice collection of animals. Our Granddaughter loved seeing " Dorie" and the sea lions. We enjoyed our visit immensely

Thank stndglasLenoirNC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many interesting displays to view. Very educational even for adults. Very much worth the time and have a relaxing day.

Thank William J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great option for an inside activity when it rains all day. Nice aquarium and the 3-D film about the Amazon was informative and entertaining with really great 3D effects. The center offers two buildings but the larger building has the bulk of the exhibits. Wasn't...More

Thank PeaceLoveBoba
Nearby Restaurants
Rockafeller's Restaurant
1,326 reviews
1.29 km away
Big Sam's Grill and Raw Bar
595 reviews
1.51 km away
Rudee’s Restaurant & Cabana Bar
801 reviews
1.26 km away
Wawa Virginia Beach
13 reviews
1.49 km away
Nearby Attractions
Ocean Breeze Waterpark
334 reviews
.94 km away
Motor World
201 reviews
1.18 km away
Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle
493 reviews
1.28 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Dee M
21 September 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Brittany M | Reviewed this property |
28 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 13 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Valerie B | Reviewed this property |
We didn't know they had lockers either but we didn't need them.