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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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Really great aquarium, with so much to do do. When you think you're done there's a whole other area... read more

Reviewed today
Mary G
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Nice Aquarium

What a beautiful place and setting this aquarium is in. The exhibits were good, and all the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Rich S
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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%
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“sea turtles” (151 reviews)
“nature trail” (143 reviews)
“marine life” (107 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
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+1 757-385-3474
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Reviewed today via mobile

Really great aquarium, with so much to do do. When you think you're done there's a whole other area to explore. Definitely worth every penny.

Thank Mary G
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a beautiful place and setting this aquarium is in. The exhibits were good, and all the additional information from displays was helpful. The aquariums themselves are nice 👍 but not the best we have seen in the USA. Still, really good. It was $25...More

Thank Rich S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are visiting this area with two of our adult children and our grandchildren. Our grandchildren range from 11 yrs old to 21 months old. All of them had a good time here. The older ones especially loved all the hands on things to try....More

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Virginia Aquarium is a nice facility but just seems to lack an element which reaches out and makes you get excited...maybe we've seen too many aquariums over the years. There are a lot of hands on educational elements which are designed for children which...More

Thank cgsilverworks
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Aquarium in Virginia Beach is excellent! They have loads of large aquatic animals and some that aren't aquatic, the komodo dragons for example are very large and were very active during our visit this time. Also all of the turtles were out and active...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the only place that has ever charged us for bringing our daughter. A full price child admission for a 2 month old baby who slept 95% of the time anyways!!! How does that possibly make sense!? We have been to this aquarium and...More

Thank DylanandCheyenne
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Matt K, Public Relations Manager at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are so sorry to hear that there may have been a mistake in your admission charges. Typically, the only time that we charge for children under 3 is a special event or program, like our Mermaid Mondays. If you were incorrectly charged, please email...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Awesome Aquarium , lots to see, 2 Buildings loaded with lots of exhibits. With a forest between the 2 makes for a very nice walk. Also an action adventure park with in . Bring your own small packed lunch bag nice seating outside!

Thank Rocbchday
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an expensive tourist site, it is very informative and nice just too pricey. Lots of extras to do will need plenty of time and money to enjoy.

Thank Anita G
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Reviewed 5 days ago

was a nice place to break up the week of going to the beach. the exibits were small but well maintained. The tank that you sort of walk into and fish all around out is cool. IMAX was nice and the movie was great.

Thank ikriger
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Every time we visit VA Beach, we always go to the aquarium. Year after year, it never lets us down. It's fun, well-organized, educational, and beautiful. Adults and kids alike have a great time.

Thank Cat E
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Response from Casstheexplorer | Reviewed this property |
For the aquarium only with small children, up to 2 hours. If you plan on walking the nature trails and seeing the connecting building, allow yourself 4 hours. Then there is the IMAX and 3D shows you can catch along with... More
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Response from Frederick G | Reviewed this property |
I would plan on 2-3 hours. There’s a lot to see...
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