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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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great stop for windy or rainy day

Due to high winds we skipped the beach and headed here. Our 4 year old and 5 year old found the... read more

Reviewed today
kokonut33
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Houston, Texas
Great place!

We spent hours exploring the different local wildlife housed in this huge aquarium. We got to pet... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
JASMMNero
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Hudson, New York
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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%
Travellers talk about
“sea turtles” (157 reviews)
“nature trail” (146 reviews)
“marine life” (108 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
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+1 757-385-3474
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Reviewed today

Due to high winds we skipped the beach and headed here. Our 4 year old and 5 year old found the exhibits very entertaining and there were several interactive stops along the way where kids could touch things and learn. They have a snack bar...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent hours exploring the different local wildlife housed in this huge aquarium. We got to pet the stingrays and horseshoe crabs. I loved that they are built right on the very marsh that we learned about inside the exhibits.

Thank JASMMNero
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I enjoyed that the have a "sneak peek" with the seals in the front of the building. Also, (which wasn't advertised) when you walk to the other building there is a hidden adventure park...definitely will bring my kids there next time!

Thank Mary L
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is probably one of the best aquariums I have ever been to. There was staff in every room to answer questions about the animals and it was very informative. There are two buildings separated by a nature trail that is about a 5-10 minute...More

Thank Kennedy S
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Aquarium was ok, just a bad layout. We felt like cattle being herded through a maze. Somewhat confusing to walk through even with the map. Not worth the price.

Thank Tammy G
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I had higher expectations since this place is close to the Ocean. The creatures were very cool and seemed healthy. The place is showing signs of disrepair. The exhibits do not flow very well, the place seems disjointed. We would have missed two entire exhibits...More

1  Thank anna11horton
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Enjoyed another summer at the aquarium. Plenty to do and see. Always a pleasure to come and spend a few hours here. Just wish they were open later than 5PM

Thank Steven G
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Fascinating place! We spent all day there several years ago and still didn't see everything we wanted to. We hope to return some time in the future to see even more.

Thank Dianne W
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Awesome aquarium myself my wife are 2 teenagers and 8 year old loved it we traveled from upstate N.Y to Virginia Beach the aquarium and all the animals were so awesome plenty to see and do would definitely visit again if we ever make it...More

Thank Russell L
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The staff was great, a tad pricey but deff. worth it. You can touch the stingrays, they do talks about some of their sea animals (they dress up as a shark while talking about them) we spent at least half the day or more there....More

1  Thank thughes69
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Dee M
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28 July 2017|
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No!!we went on a sunday in late June and it wad packed! Little everywhere, strollers galore, big families. Very hard to get around
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Mauricio T
8 June 2017|
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Response from Valerie B | Reviewed this property |
We didn't know they had lockers either but we didn't need them.
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