Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach

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Aquarium · Science Museum
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. Make Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center a part of your Virginia Beach vacation plans using our Virginia Beach itinerary website.
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  • This is a nice attraction. Kids will love it. They have turtles and fish in large aquariums. Sharks and other sea creatures are in even larger aquariums. The displays are 99% inside, but...  more »
  • Loved it. One day does not allow for a complete exploration of the interior aquarium, much less the green space trails, the boat excursion, and the adventure park. We enjoyed the inside on one day.....  more »
  • Had a wonderful visit with my husband and toddler today. The exhibits were fun and interactive. The staff were friendly and helpful. The parking was convenient. The restroom facilities were clean and easily accessible. We could have stayed for many more hours reading, learning, and exploring together. We arrived at 2:30pm; there was not a line and it was almost empty.
  • So I'm a fan of aquariums, and I really enjoyed the arch they had where you can walk through the hallway and a variety of fish and small sharks would swim above you. That was pretty cool. While I was impressed with their turtle exhibit and their efforts to keep the ocean clean, their shark exhibit was lacking. There were only a few of them and they were quite small. I enjoyed that a lot of their exhibits focused on the creatures right in the Chesapeake Bay. Keeping it local. Overall I had a fun time, just wish the place had a little more to offer.

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