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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Wildlife Areas, Museums, Nature & Parks, Boat Tours & Water Sports, Tours, Outdoor Activities
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4/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web
The ultra-modern architecture of Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center shelters more than 3 million liters (800,000 gal) of salt and freshwater exhibits. Almost every environment is represented, including the Sahara Desert and an aviary replete with at least 70 species of birds. In 2009, the attraction added the Restless Planet exhibit and four new types of environments: coastal Sahara desert, Malaysian peat swamp, Red Sea, and Indonesia's Flores Island. Put Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center into our Virginia Beach vacation route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The aquarium was our rainy day choice to have some family fun time. I was not expecting to find so many interesting rooms and fun choices for our seven year old grandson. We visited all the usual tank...  read more »
  • I love going to Aquariums. Va beach has a really good one and we go at least times a year. Lots to do. Always a fun visit. Check out the wood walk, the tree top activities and the Resturant for lunch....  read more »
  • This is a fantastic place to bring your family and see all the aquatic life in this massive aquarium setting. There are many exhibits and a tour guide to help you around. This is a must see. 
  • What a fantastic thing, an aquarium of this magnitude, it almost leaves one wondering 'how could they have gathered such a bountiful selection of animals'. Well many of the animals certainly were healthy, and this one Komodo dragon was practically...wild, as it lurched towards a spectating child and then ran around the enclosure. However, the Komodo in the cage next to him appeared drained of all life, not moving a claw for 20 or so minutes, but to each their own. Anyways, I was marveling at the Virginia bird habitat as I am a birder, when I asked one of the keepers "where do you get more birds when they die, do you guys have a hatchery for research?" she replied "Oh, we don't actually know where, they are just sent to us". These are birds who are flying all around, in perfect condition, quite something to take in! I carried on my day, and continued enjoying the sights I was beholding; sharks, jelly fish, sting ray, turtles! Oh .. the freaking sea turtles were extremely social, but man oh man if there wasn't one dead in the corner of the aquarium, what a buzzkill! I always heard they lived to be 100 years old. His buddy had pressed against the glass for so long trying to swim out, that his hard shelled nose was worn away,. All of this had me pondering, are these all really rescue animals? Something certainly did seem a bit fishy there, but its hard to look past the marvelous sights and see what, I assume, was actually going on there.
  • Great time for the kids. You have a chance to touch fish, see Dragons up close, and get close to sharks. Don't forget about the seals out front. Lots of educational information for those who want to make the trip a learning adventure. Don't forget to book a cruise to go see the dolphins. They fill up fast but it is worth the extra money.
  • One of my favorite places. We get a membership and love going all the time. Best to go during the school year because the crowds and not as bad. The staff is great and we never get bored of going.
  • I asked if i could swim with the sea turtles, they said no. I asked if i could swim with the sharks and rays, they said no. I asked if i could swim with the dolphins, they said they didn't have any. I asked to pet the poisonous dart frogs, they said no. However we had a wonderful visit and they have a great selection of species to satisfy most. However, the only disappointing thing was the rude ticket sales girl who had a "i could care less if you are here" attitude. Not even a "thank you have a nice visit".
  • First of all let me say that we have been members for quite a while and go pretty regularly. Today's visit alone will make me not want to return. I brought my young two year old today. We got there shortly after 9 and had an easy time getting checked in. After having our photo taken and starting out with the first exhibit I am completely shocked at the rudeness of one employee. As my two year old son was checking out the waterfall, he BARELY stepped off the walking path. By barely I mean half of his foot was on the walking path and the other half was in the leaves. I even had my hand holding onto him so he went no further. The rude employee yells at me across the room telling me to make my child "stay with me" and return to the path. Several families were passing through as well so other than being completely embarrassed, she also made me feel as if my child was destroying the place when he was simply standing right beside me, standing still at that. I likely will not return and my membership is now a waste.
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