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Via Aquarium, Schenectady

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Located in historic Rotterdam NY, VIA aquarium celebrates aquatic biodiversity with exhibits, experiences, and public programs designed to connect people of all ages with our planets aquatic creatures.

Explore vivid underwater worlds across 37 exhibits. From local favorites to the deepest depths of the ocean, explore our planet's oceans and rivers all in your own backyard on this self-guided exploration. Watch our Sharks swim overhead while schools of fish surround you in their immersive tunnel tanks. Feel the soft, smooth skin of a stingray as they swim right up to your hand in Stingray Bay. Take your family on an unforgettable journey. For school teachers and homeschoolers alike VIA aquarium is a fantastic resource for all your needs. Your students can explore 25,000 square feet of oceanic treasure as your group embarks an exciting guided tour visiting over 2,000 creatures of the sea.
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  • The aquarium although smaller than we are used to in Florida is a local gem. We enjoyed our visit. It’s great for all ages. 
    The aquarium although smaller than we are used to in Florida is a local gem. We enjoyed our visit. It’s great for all ages.  more »
  • We enjoyed the Via Aquarium at the Rotterdam Mall. For a smaller aquarium it is well done. The staff is courteous and friendly. The reptile show was great. I have been to other aquariums and this... 
    We enjoyed the Via Aquarium at the Rotterdam Mall. For a smaller aquarium it is well done. The staff is courteous and friendly. The reptile show was great. I have been to other aquariums and this...  more »
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  • WOW! We have been members of the Aquarium for about three years. We have been so many times and love to watch it change and watch everything grow. We decided to have my daughters birthday party there, as we never have seen the party room but figured it would be fun. It turned out to be a very classy, clean, large and perfect party room for our group (about 25-30). We thought the room was amazing and then we met Anna, our group host. Anna was on top of her game and was absolutely flexible with what was going on. Reptiles, fish, children, adults, food, presents and so much more she had to keep track of. She kept the quality of the experience as high as I could of imagined and my daughter had the best birthday party! For the life of me I can't remember the reptile handlers name. Again, I know these people do this every day but he was so good with the kids!! He had patience and made sure he included everyone in the experience. 5 stars for the Aquarium and 5 stars for Anna and 5 stars for the reptile guy! It was awesome!
  • This was such a cute little aquarium. The first thing I noticed was how clean the aquarium tanks are. Everything was immaculate. We got to see a quick little mermaid show that I didn’t even know they did. That was cool. I liked the sting ray tank because you can touch them. It was a fun Sunday outing for my family. My kids range from 7-13 and they all liked it. I liked it and I’m 36!!

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