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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

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Address: 717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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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Whale watching tour - Fantastic

We took the whale watching tour 2/25/17 from the Va Aquarium and had a great day. We saw 6+ hump back whales, many fluke (tail) slaps, pectoral fin slaps and 4 full body... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Bill R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took the whale watching tour 2/25/17 from the Va Aquarium and had a great day. We saw 6+ hump back whales, many fluke (tail) slaps, pectoral fin slaps and 4 full body breaches!!! What an amazing trip. The crew and captain were great, nice snack bar and gift shop on board and room enough for everyone. The captain would... More 

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Thank Bill R
Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My best friend and I took my 7 year old son to the Virginia Aquarium this past weekend. We had so much fun exploring. My son was fascinated by the large sharks in the shark tank. The sea turtles captured my heart. We got up close on the tank and they swam to us. They were very interactive, they weren't... More 

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Thank travelbugJNS
Eldersburg, Maryland
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to Baltimore's aquarium as a comparison so my review is biased. This is not as good. Not as much to see. Very kid friendly.

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Thank Bill G
Le Claire, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The aquarium in Chicago is much nicer than the one in VA Beach. I wouldn't recommend this one. Was very disappointed in it.

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Thank wilsonshirla
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Having lived here in Virginia years ago, I have never been there till now. Awesome experience and very interesting in the learning aspect. My family and I enjoyed it very much along with the 3d movie Galapagos island. Prices were very reasonable too.

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Thank Jeremy D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don't miss this when you are in VB! It showcases the local weather [station shows how hurricanes form and move and more], animals [touch tank for stingrays and more] and walk through to see animals in their habitat [eagles in nest and more]. There is an abundance of docents in red shirts to share information. The dolphin and whale-watching trips... More 

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Thank hokiegirl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

So much to do, very nice staff! Must also try the adventure park!! Goes through out all the woods, we'll worth the money and family fun outdoor activity!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place very well maintained the glass was so clean no problem taking pictures.Very helpful and knowledgeable volunteers ,great for all ages

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Chennai (Madras), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

loved the seals outside the aquarium.Loved the owl show. More fish varieties were not seen. Not so many restaurants were found inside too. The aquarium consists of artificial exhibits and lot of exhibits were empty too

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Norfolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've never snorkeled in the Caribbean, the trip to the VB Aquarium will be exciting, colorful, and thrilling. Plenty of colorful fish, small and big, cohabiting in the same tank peacefully and looking friendly to each other. It was a cold day to enjoy the outside, but the inside is greatly maintained and cozy. You can easily spend a... More 

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