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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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Nice Break from the Beach

We enjoy going to aquariums. This is more of and educational aquarium then display of fish. There... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
1Burgen
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Chantilly, Virginia
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Fun place to visit

We visited the aquarium this week and it didn't disappoint. A super way to spend the day enjoying... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Carrie T
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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%
Travellers talk about
“sea turtles” (157 reviews)
“nature trail” (146 reviews)
“marine life” (108 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
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 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoy going to aquariums. This is more of and educational aquarium then display of fish. There are lots of educational opportunities throughout the aquarium. We thought that it was expensive for a family to visit. However, they do a lot of good work there...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the aquarium this week and it didn't disappoint. A super way to spend the day enjoying the animals and learning about them. Our kids had a great time and their favorite part was the ray tank!

Thank Carrie T
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited near the opening and it was uncrowded. As the morning went on it grew more crowded. This was a great place to take a break from the beach. Very relaxing, cool and enjoyable.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great exhibits and knowledgeable staff. Had a nature trail between the Bay & Ocean Pavilion and the Marsh Pavilion. Would have loved to have had the time to do the Adventure Park.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Due to high winds we skipped the beach and headed here. Our 4 year old and 5 year old found the exhibits very entertaining and there were several interactive stops along the way where kids could touch things and learn. They have a snack bar...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent hours exploring the different local wildlife housed in this huge aquarium. We got to pet the stingrays and horseshoe crabs. I loved that they are built right on the very marsh that we learned about inside the exhibits.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed that the have a "sneak peek" with the seals in the front of the building. Also, (which wasn't advertised) when you walk to the other building there is a hidden adventure park...definitely will bring my kids there next time!

Thank Mary L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is probably one of the best aquariums I have ever been to. There was staff in every room to answer questions about the animals and it was very informative. There are two buildings separated by a nature trail that is about a 5-10 minute...More

Thank Kennedy S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Aquarium was ok, just a bad layout. We felt like cattle being herded through a maze. Somewhat confusing to walk through even with the map. Not worth the price.

Thank Tammy G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had higher expectations since this place is close to the Ocean. The creatures were very cool and seemed healthy. The place is showing signs of disrepair. The exhibits do not flow very well, the place seems disjointed. We would have missed two entire exhibits...More

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No!!we went on a sunday in late June and it wad packed! Little everywhere, strollers galore, big families. Very hard to get around
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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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