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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

#6 of 122 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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It's was really expensive for a family of four. Disappointed that for an aquarium there aren't... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Candice W
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My husband and I took my great nephew, at the time he was only one, but he and my husband had a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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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” (129 reviews)
“nature trail” (118 reviews)
“marine life” (100 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 yesterday via mobile

It's was really expensive for a family of four. Disappointed that for an aquarium there aren't very many large tanks. Would love more tanks like the turtles and sharks. When we were there a large section was closed for renovations but we still paid full...More

Thank Candice W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I took my great nephew, at the time he was only one, but he and my husband had a wonderful time. It's a wonderful place for all ages.

Thank sexydiva53
Reviewed 2 days ago

We very much enjoyed our time at the Aquarium. I especially enjoyed the outdoor nature areas. My kids had fun with a number of interactive displays but there were a few that were not in working order. It is not very large but a fun...More

Thank bristolgoose
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a great time!! Next time we will do the rope walking and zip lining didn't know it was there but a must next time!

Thank Mandy M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nature trail, adventure park with zip lining, free parking. Wonderful setting with shark tanks, crocodiles,sea turtles, jelly fish and a wide assortment of otters and reptiles. Marsh pavilion and observation decks are available. Very educational especially for kids. Daily programs and 3D movies are available....More

Thank B W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We needed an outing for the kids and brought them here. It was okay, but honestly for the price I expected more. The exhibits were nothing cutting edge or unique. Wasnt even a large octopus or a full star fish exhibit (saw 2 that were...More

Thank EYShipp
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We planned to stop in for the morning but ended up staying for most of the day. Lots of attractions to keep little minds busy and entertained. The sharks and turtles were amazing and the layout could handle large groups without a problem. The nature...More

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center promotes ocean awareness and conservation. They offer exhibits for both the ocean and Chesapeake Bay. There are educational activities, internships, and a Nat Geo 3-D theater. Whale and dolphin watching boats, events like adult sleepovers or private events...More

Thank lbeller1
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

While we still enjoyed the exhibits, we probably would've enjoyed them more at the beginning or end of the day. The crowds are very large during midday. Our granddaughter enjoyed most of the exhibits and by the end of the tour, she was exhausted (age...More

Thank brasidas6
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the Above and Beyond behind the scenes tour. We felt like a special team that gets to see things that others can not see. We learned a lot about the sea animals from the excellent instructor. One thing for improvement. At the photo...More

Thank Erez R
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Mauricio T
What size are your lockers?
8 June 2017|
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Response from Max F | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. We did not use them either.
Ariel A
Parking location and prices for parking?
13 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.
Britny B
how much is a ticket for an adult
23 March 2017|
Response from Huasobruto | Reviewed this property |
$22. Answers to that and other questions can be found easily on the web site. Not much effort.