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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

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Address: 717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4811
Phone Number: +1 757-385-3474
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the...

A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the main atrtaction at this popular aquarium.

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a great place for children of all ages

no it's not the circus but there are a plenty of things to see. all types of fish. ok we have been again since they have updated everything inside. you could spend all day walking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Hampton, Virginia, United States
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Hampton, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

no it's not the circus but there are a plenty of things to see. all types of fish. ok we have been again since they have updated everything inside. you could spend all day walking and looking, so wear good walking shoes. we took the children and grand daughter there, they were all amazed. the best part is the tank... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to the Virginia Aquarium and highly recommend a visit if you're in the area. The attraction is over all very clean and well laid out. You can see everything in a few hours but if you have more time to enjoy the place, even better. The animals are healthy and appear active and content. The... More 

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Lighthouse Point, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful display of local sea animals. Nice stories about Bay area bridges and tunnels as well as Virginia coal industry. Pay special attention to turtles on hand. The 3D Nat Geo Theater is also impressive.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Get up off the couch and see the fish tourist and local together movies tours and ramps this is a place for research also 5 stars

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Ripon, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took our two children (ages 12 & 14) there and had a blast. The aquarium was great, the employees were so knowledgeable and helpful, and the animals were very entertaining. Several hands-on areas helped keep the kids occupied too. The ropes course is kind of expensive, so we didn't explore that area, but did walk through it. The otters... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My nieces and nephews loved it. They had a great time and I enjoyed it with them. There is a lot to see and plenty to do. Its one of the stops I'd recommend for the family vacation. Go online and find coupons, though.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a self guided tour. This aquarium is easy to navigate with good lessons along each station and designated viewing area. Decent-sized, but not multiple levels to negotiate which is nice too. Did not partake in any add-ons, but, the overall experience was good and found very few displays or educational panels in non-working order. Cafe offers your standard variety... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss this fun, educational experience. I went here on several occasions. Class trips with my children and site seeing with guests. Alway had a fun time. The sting ray exhibit was wonderful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the aquarium. It's generously sized with lots to see and do. The IMAX shows are fun and seasonally they have mermaid swimmers in the tanks. Check it out!

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Leesburg, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy visiting aquariums and really enjoyed our visit here. Very friendly staff and facilities. Movies were excellent as well as the nature walk along the marsh and wetlands. Really enjoyed the displays inside as well. Enjoy!

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