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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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Great Fun for all ages

We went to the aquarium today bc of the rainy weather. We had a lovely time in the aquarium. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amber G
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Ok but pricey

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Winsted, Connecticut
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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” (142 reviews)
“nature trail” (123 reviews)
“marine life” (101 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 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
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with friends who live in the area and received discounted admission as their guests. It was very busy because of the weather but the kids were entertained for 2 1/2 - 3 hrs. We walked to the other building to see the otters...More

Thank A S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the dolphin sight seeing tour on our last day in VA. It was AMAZING! The aquarium was ok - didn't think it was worth the admission. I say this, I guess, because we have the Boston and Mystic Aquarium so close.

Thank MrsB62005
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Virginia Aquarium on a Saturday afternoon in late July, despite the fact that we knew it was probably the most crowded time, to escape the 100-degree heat that day. We've been to several other aquariums on the east coast (two different Ripley's...More

Thank TheTraveling4some
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a very nice aquarium. Very fun, clean, interactive. We pet sting ray, watched a movie, did all the little exhibits. Go outside on the boardwalk and check out the crabs! The best part was the dolphin cruise. It was sooooooo much fun. We...More

2  Thank Jonathan Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing! Biggest turtles I have ever seen in captivity! Very clean, very large areas to walk in to prevent congestion, wide variety of aquatic and land life to view. Well worth the visit! They even have a variety of outdoor activities.

Thank patricialP1110BZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great destination for a change of pace while on our family vacation. Knowledgeable volunteers were sweet and definitely added value. They had plenty of turtles which was key to capturing the heart of our little one and they have the stringray engagement area which...More

Thank annsantorios
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being as I am from New England, I am very used to our aquariums here in Boston MA and Mystic CT, so to me this aquarium felt smaller than what I am used to. However, I will say that it was very well kept and...More

Thank glitterqueen1975
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great rainy day activity, our 4 & 5 year old loved the sea otters. We could have spent 5 hours here but the kids were getting tired. We will be back next year when the kids are 5 & 6 to try out the...More

Thank Jessalynn H
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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 Max F | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. We did not use them either.
Ariel A
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.