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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Features Animals
Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great visit but overpriced

Stopped here on a rainy day, $25 a ticket and be aware that on a school day there may be bus loads... read more

Reviewed yesterday
RustyZipper01
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Syracuse, New York
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Wonderful aquarium and excursion opportunities

This is a beautiful, educational aquarium with a variety of activities, trails, and exhibits... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kathy K
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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 yesterday via mobile

Stopped here on a rainy day, $25 a ticket and be aware that on a school day there may be bus loads of school kids on tour. Thankfully we showed up just as they left. Tour was excellent, interactive for all ages, very clean and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RustyZipper01
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was way smaller than expected. Not as many animals as I would think would be there. Was hoping for more sharks also. Touch pond of stingrays was nice though

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Honeypoo72
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a beautiful, educational aquarium with a variety of activities, trails, and exhibits available. Excellent boat excursions are available all year round, for whales (winter), seals (spring), dolphins (summer) and sea birds (all year).

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kathy K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Was really let down by this place! Best part about it was looking at the outdoor sea lions near the parking lot (and that was FREE). There were many school groups here the day I went and the Aquarium was packed. Felt like being herded...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mako13Man
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not the best or largest aquarium, but it very good, especially for not being in a large city. It's two buildings, separated by a pleasant wooded area. Good place for kids.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ernellef
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An ouutstanding location for both children and adults alike. Workers were helpful and informative on wildlife there. Just a great place to get up close and personal with fish, birds, mammals and reptiles you will mostly only see on TV. This is a must stop...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank r0bertgara
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a friend for the whale boat tour, saw 2 pairs of humpbacks, loved it. Was disappointed in the aquarium that 1 of 2 buildings is closed for remodel for 2 years and several exhibits in the main building were off display too. No notifacation...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank calicoCL
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an afternoon there, they have many local species from our waters to look at. This is not a gigantic aquarium like some big cities have, its more about learning. It might not be the greatest adventure for older teens, but younger teens, kids...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jean H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was nice, second building was being remodeled. It was on the small side. Friendly staff. Nice gift shop.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bonnie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the kids to see the exhibits. Love coming here on a weekday when it isn't so busy. Very clean and attractions are always interesting. Hope the expand soon.

Date of experience: June 2018
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apatriot73
22 February 2019|
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Response from Debbie L | Reviewed this property |
You can take Hampton Roads Transit from Virginia Beach to Virginia Aquarium. You take the VB Wave Bayfront Shuttle. This will take you to Virginia Aquarium. You can also just call Hampton Roads Transit to get the bus... More
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Adult $24.95 Child $19.95 Senior $22.95
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