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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

#6 of 123 things to do in Virginia Beach Features Animals
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
+1 757-385-3474
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Nice side trip

As far as Aquariums go this one was o.k. but not something that I would go out of my way for. It... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2016
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
My hopes were as high as a dolphin, experience was mid-range like a squid.

It was fine but the reputation was a bit inflated. Lots to see, kids loved touching the rays. To... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2016
Lexington, Kentucky
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A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the main atrtaction at this popular aquarium.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sea turtles” (130 reviews)
“nature trail” (118 reviews)
“marine life” (100 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
+1 757-385-3474
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Reviewed 7 June 2016

As far as Aquariums go this one was o.k. but not something that I would go out of my way for. It seems as if this place is taken care of but really, really used. Some of the exhibits were out of order and others...More

Thank JTOWN2014
Reviewed 7 June 2016

It was fine but the reputation was a bit inflated. Lots to see, kids loved touching the rays. To call this a top aquarium in the county is a stretch. That being said, it was very easy to access via mass transit from the beach...More

Thank Str8CashHomey
Reviewed 5 June 2016

As aquariums go, this was nice, but underwhelming. They had a tank with sea turtles, and a tank with sharks, also "pet the sting ray" as well as other things. There were lots of educational exhibits about the bay. The nature walks in the salt...More

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 4 June 2016

I have been to this aquarium many times. It is very nice and informative. Great place to take the kids on a rainy day. But also on a nice day. The have a beautiful nature walk area between the buildings. They also have an adventure...More

Thank Barbra C
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

I was at aquarium for about 5 minutes and I was ready to leave. I was very disappointed in the whole place I was glad it only cost 20 dollars to get in. There was no seal show and it was mostly just fish

Thank melissa l
Reviewed 3 June 2016

The aquarium is one of our must-have stops when visiting VA Beach....mostly because of my obsession with the sting ray tank (I can be there for HOURS). Lots of marine life to see and learn about at a reasonable price. Great stop for the family...More

Thank amandarenalewis
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

We visited the aquarium on a rainy day with our 15 month old child. We were all very entertained by the exhibits. I would absolutely recommend visiting! I would also recommend parking at the Marsh Pavillion. We actually did this by mistake, but there was...More

Thank sklein26
Reviewed 3 June 2016

My son and I needed some guys time so we came here and saw some awesome creatures. This is nicely laid out for viewing and the surprise was the swamp attraction which we walked via a nature path that was really cool to see. Even...More

Thank Timothy B
Reviewed 2 June 2016

My daughter and I went when we there in October. I was thoroughly amazed. The displays and interaction is great. I would suggest going here to anyone that visits the VA Beach area.

Thank Patrice M
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

We visited the Aquarium today and had a great time. Lots to see and also tons of interactive exhibits for children. The only thing that was a little odd is some of their snake exhibits just had fake snakes coiled up. Not sure if the...More

Thank scross9475
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Mauricio T
What size are your lockers?
8 June 2017|
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Response from Max F | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. We did not use them either.
Ariel A
Parking location and prices for parking?
13 May 2017|
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Response from 2blackdog4 | Property representative |
There is a parking lot adjacent to the Virginia Aquarium, and an additional lot just across the street. Parking is free.
Britny B
how much is a ticket for an adult
23 March 2017|
Response from Huasobruto | Reviewed this property |
$22. Answers to that and other questions can be found easily on the web site. Not much effort.