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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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Good place to visit

Great place to visit with children. We took the dolphin boat ride before entering the Aquarium. We... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
clellis2
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Gilmanton, New Hampshire
Love this aquarium

Beautiful place, never crowded, great displays and the dolphin tours are wonderful. I highly... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
trisha722018
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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“sea turtles”(151 reviews)
“nature trail”(140 reviews)
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A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the main atrtaction at this popular aquarium.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 4 days ago

Great place to visit with children. We took the dolphin boat ride before entering the Aquarium. We saw pods of about 25-30 dolphins. The only downside was that the cafeteria was closed for revenovations as well as the inside restrooms.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful place, never crowded, great displays and the dolphin tours are wonderful. I highly recommend this to all ages when you are visiting Va Beach

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Reviewed 6 days ago

It's very educational for the whole family you can pet the stingrays, crabs. The sea turtles are awesome. They also have the dolphin watch boat, this is the second time i went there very nice

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our time at the Aquarium but were a little disappointed to make the long walk to the Otter exhibit and only see two in the tank. However, one waved goodbye to us as we left and that made it extra special.

Thank Linda S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Aquariums and enclosures were very clean and all looked well cared for. Just felt like their wasn’t a whole lot there compared to others I’ve been to. Not much to see.

Thank Morgan N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We selected a rainy day for the visit. It's not as big or elaborate as others (such as the Monterrey aquarium), however the exhibits are extremely well done. There are volunteers all over to help with any questions and they do engage with the visitors....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking forward to this visit but left somewhat disappointed. Quite a few animals were not available, the seals, octopus. The aquarium consists of two separate buildings, and you must walk about 15 minutes one way. I love seahorses, so the employee told me...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the day at the Aquarium. The exhibits were great with and seeing the sea life. Plus many displays for learning

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many things were under construction. The restaurant is being renovated so they had a "food truck", but I guess you have to eat in your car as there was no place to eat. The movie (Galapagos 3D) was ok but nothing exciting. The aquarium needs...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here because I am interested in TURTLES and they sure did have TURTLES! I took fantastic phtotos that could pass as Postcards. Lots of staff to assist with answering questions. I was on a self-guided tour-since I had time constraints. There was so...More

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Dee M
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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.
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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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