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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

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Address: 717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
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+1 757-385-3474
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the...

A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the main atrtaction at this popular aquarium.

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A very educational experience

We visited the museum during our vacation this April. Everyone in our group loved it! We learned a ton of new information and had the opportunity to see some live creatures... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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This aquarium was so crowded it was really, really hard to enjoy even though I tried to relax and go with the flow. There were screaming, running school groups everywhere. Kids tapping on the glass, parents tapping on the glass, just ridiculous. I talked to some people and apparently this is the norm. I've been to some great aquariums. This... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the museum during our vacation this April. Everyone in our group loved it! We learned a ton of new information and had the opportunity to see some live creatures. Everyone there was friendly and the volunteers are doing an excellent job. Truly wonderful experience!

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Thank Marilia315
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a very small for the price. It was also designed more for kids. Not awful, but not great. There was another building but it was quite a walk down the road. I had a foot injury so we drove, but not very appealing.

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Thank Christine C
Gloucester, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went here for my anniversary and my girlfriend loved the touch tank. This is a great place if you're looking for something that you haven't really done before.

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Thank JohnbertLane
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Aquarium and " Science Center is just ok in my opinion. When we visited it in early April there was a lot of construction going on. A large portion of the exhibits were closed. There was not a lot of excitement and the exhibits were boring. What we saw was not worth the money. Our kids did not enjoy... More 

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Thank Max F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My kids and we enjoyed this museum, a lot to learn. The kids especially enjoyed the sea turtles and petting the stingrays!!

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Ironton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a must see, everything you can think of more and you can spend an entire day here. Educational for all

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I took my daughter to the "Mermaid Monday" at the aquarium. This is a very well organized event with....REAL MERMAIDS!! (she's convinced) There is a timed entry system to see the swimming mermaid and then plenty of time to check out the rest of the aquarium. There are crafts and activities set up for the mermaid crowd. There is a... More 

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Laurens, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Due to the chilly weather, we were unable to spend time on the beach, and this was a great alternative. We loved the exhibits, particularly the sea turtles and the otters. The touch tank experience with the rays was awesome. I would advise that you take your car rather than walk the trail between the two buildings, unless you are... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the aquarium on a cold rainy day. The aquarium was wonderfully impressive. We sprung for the additional $6 3D movie ticket. Although the experience was good it lasted a mere 25 minutes! A bit of a disappointment.

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