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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

#6 of 124 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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A day with my Granddaughter

On August 11, 2017, my granddaughter and myself spent the day at the Va Aquarium in Va Beach. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Anniversary Weekend

My husband and I really enjoyed the Aquarium and Marine Science Center. We didn't even mine... read more

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Tammy J
Montclair, Virginia
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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” (142 reviews)
“nature trail” (123 reviews)
“marine life” (101 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 yesterday

On August 11, 2017, my granddaughter and myself spent the day at the Va Aquarium in Va Beach. The exhibit were terrific. Members of the staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. If you visit, it is advisable to take pictures and videos of the turtles,...More

Thank scottwhite8
Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I really enjoyed the Aquarium and Marine Science Center. We didn't even mine getting soaked walking over to take a look at the Otters! We saw the Snapping Turtle being fed a mouse. Kind of icky for me but okay I guess,...More

Thank Tammy J
Reviewed 2 days ago

overpriced for an average aqurium would not go there again .can see the whole thing in about an hour

Thank alaskanmaineiac
Reviewed 3 days ago

Me and my family was so fascinated with this aquarium. Beautiful ocean animals and they appeared to be cared for beautifully. I learned a lot and have a greater respect towards marine animals.

Thank Lindsayrc101
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a nice place but was disappointed in the aquarium when comparing it to others that I've been too. The displays were very crowded with narrow walk ways. Also I felt there should have been more marine life exhibits.

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 4 days ago

This aquarium was crowded on a rainy day at the beach. Due to maintenance of the second large tank, foot traffic was forced to go back on itself to see the next exhibit. For a major coastal resort town, the main building was disappointing.

Thank mcdh4561
Reviewed 4 days ago

23 years in the Navy and this was the first time we were on the ocean! We had a great crew that was so informative and friendly. We had a great view of dolphins and learned so much about them on the trip. Volunteers came...More

Thank devnotdav
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Loved the visit. One trip to this place is not enough. Suffice to say kids or adults all would have fun. Plan ahead they have plenty of fun activities that need reservation. Their 3D theater is state of the art and huge but common it...More

2  Thank abhijai
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is spacious and never feels cramped. I love the atmosphere and the kids love it as well. If you are ever in the southern VA region, please check this place out!!

Thank dejanairo_1
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went to the aquarium today bc of the rainy weather. We had a lovely time in the aquarium. The exhibits were educational, engaging, and great for all age levels. We also chose to go on the Dolphin boat tour. It was AMAZING! We even...More

Thank Amber G
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28 July 2017|
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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.
Mauricio T
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
14 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.