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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach

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Science Museum Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • Wonderful place to visit, the displays are very well done!! You can also interact with some sea creatures in the "petting area." I highly recommend it!!  more »
  • My family was able to learn more about aquatic life and have fun at the same time. You can gets up close to some of the animals and the kids had a time they wouldn't forget. There can be long lines he...  more »
  • Such a great place to bring the family of all ages. Indoor and outdoor exhibits. Great to enjoy on a rainy or hot day.  more »
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  • The aquarium was a lot of fun. They have a wide variety of fish and marine mammals. It's just big enough for an afternoon with the family. The kids loved​ the stingray pool. We were a little disappointed that the big tank at the end was closed, but we're looking forward to seeing what will be swimming in it next time. With extra add-ons like 3D movies, seal encounters and dolphin watch cruises, there's something for everyone to enjoy. It was a nice walk to the otter building, past the Adventure Park. That looked like fun too, but we had little ones with us. All the staff we encountered we're very helpful and friendly.
  • This was a neat place to visit with a lot to see & do. The staff was friendly and everything seemed clean/well kept. The exit was through the gift shop which I dislike. Obviously it's good marketing, but It creates unnecessary tension if you're with children. Look into parking before you go. There are multiple lots. Some are for the Aquarium and others for the adventure center. The walk between the 2 centers is not ideal for the very young or very old.
  • Use to LOVE coming and it was worth it! Went in October and at the desk, after we paid admission we were told 2 of the major exhibits were closed, and I mentioned as long as I could see the otters, I was happy. We walked the nature trail to the otters, and it was closed. No one told us and there weren't any signs about it. I was so disappointed. Paid full price for two major exhibits to be closed. We went again today, with high hopes. One of the major exhibits was still not open, but the otters were! The gift shop on that side though, two employees were so busy talking nasty about another employee that they never said a word to us when we walked in. Never once acknowledged us, and didn't skip a beat with their rude conversation. We were thinking about getting memberships so we could go more often and not have to pay the outrageous price for what you get, but I'm thinking we're probably not going to bother going back. We spent $50 and were hardly there an hour. Pretty disappointed the last few times.
  • Great indoor activity. A bit pricey. Staff and volunteers were very knowledgeable and helpful. The kids loved the hands on activities. We were able to see the stingrays being fed at 3:30. We could have stayed several more hours and explored the rest.
  • My time here was great! Well rounded aquarium with all kinds of interesting information and exhibits about local and worldwide marine life. Glad to see it's still a work in progress because there is more to come next time I visit. Overall beautiful place. Very friendly staff. Definitely visiting again in the future.