Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Aquarium and Zoo
Oceanfront, Virginia Beach
  • Erin L.
    "Great Aquarium otter exhibit was incredible."(4 Tips)
    Tiffany W.
    "well worth the cost of admission."(4 Tips)
    Co'ty C.
    "This is a great aquarium so much to see!"(2 Tips)
    Sharyn C.
    "Behind the scene tour is worth it!"(2 Tips)
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  • Erin L.
    Erin LaraiaMay 16, 2016
    Great Aquarium otter exhibit was incredible. The aquarium has two buildings joined by a trail on the trail there's an adventure park with ziplines, tight walks, and other obstacles.
  • Sara E.
    Sara EgnerJuly 27, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    My 15-month-old loves it. Places to stash a stroller in most rooms so he could get out and see things. It's not the biggest (I grew up in Baltimore) but worth the admission.
  • Michelle K.
    Michelle KAugust 4, 2013
    Go when it opens if it is raining or else you'll be standing in line forever. If you get there & the line for Ocean pavilion is crazy long go to the Marsh pavilion and buy your tickets and enter there
  • Licia M.
    Licia MilesAugust 31, 2013
    Very nice place...we really enjoyed it! Use the shuttle to get to both buildings or they have a nature trail you can take which was nice.
  • Shiniqua C.
    Shiniqua CarterJuly 14, 2015
    We took our family here and the kids had a great time learning. Very interactive and fun place to visit.
  • Speed H.
    Speed HillFebruary 10, 2016
    They have a lot of cool animals and fish! There are very neat things for sale in the gift shops too!
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WhiteJuly 1, 2013
    Wonderful place! All the exhibits and activities are well worth the cost of admission.
  • Claudia S.
    A great place to visit. Especially if it's hot during the day. Then you can go to the beach.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CegielskiSeptember 12, 2016
    Great for a toddlers as the exhibits are low enough for them to get a good view
  • Steve P.
    Steve PhiferJuly 23, 2013
    No discounts unless you are Active Duty Military, but if you're planning to spend all day it is worth the price of admission.
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley GarrettJanuary 11, 2014
    Very good aquarium! The otters are adorable!! So are the sea horses!
  • Fins and Fluke
    Fins and FlukeNovember 30, 2012
    Be sure to check out the whale-watching cruises, offered late December through March! You'll probably see some humpbacks (Megaptera novaeangliae) !
  • John W.
    John WoodsMarch 27, 2016
    Admission is high for how big it is, but my 2-year-old loved it.
  • Sue S.
    Sue SchofieldMarch 25, 2016
    So many interactive things for kids to do. The staff is very knowledgeable.
  • Cynthia F.
    Cynthia FranciscoSeptember 8, 2014
    Sting rays were not cooperating with us petting them but still had a great time with the family!!
  • Lulu R.
    Lulu RamJune 11, 2014
    Best turtle collection!! Five different Turtles and some baby turtles as well. Love it
  • Esther L.
    Esther LawrenceApril 2, 2016
    Great place for family and kids! Love the turtles! 🐢
  • Heather N.
    Heather NorrisMay 9, 2013
    Had a great day here experienced new things I didn't in other time
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha StarkMay 2, 2017
    This aquarium is all right. The tickets are expensive and they don't have a good selection of animals. Definitely seen better
  • Amanda I.
    Amanda IbrahimApril 1, 2011
    Check out a movie at the imax theater. Well worth the additional price.
  • Erik M.
    Erik MojicaMarch 17, 2012
    If you want to be a member do it before 4:30, that's when they close the registers and will be unable to use the money spent on admission towards the fee.
  • Candy B.
    Candy BlessAugust 15, 2016
    Give yourself 2-3 hours to explore both buildings.
  • michelle b.
    michelle bradyApril 26, 2012
    make sure you check out the sea otters in the other building!! too cute for words!!
  • Amber S.
    Amber S.January 10, 2015
    View the seals out front for free!
  • Tony R.
    Tony RiceApril 27, 2013
    Behind the scenes tour fills up fast but is worth the extra $$
  • Heather G.
    Heather GMay 8, 2013
    Awesome! Get a membership and go all year!
  • Realtor Drick W.
    Realtor Drick WardJune 5, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Be sure to stop by Osprey cafe for a quick bite.
  • Realtor Drick W.
    Realtor Drick WardMay 30, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Always a great place to visit but especially on rainy days.
  • Kristen J.
    Kristen JefferyMay 28, 2015
    Stop and pet the stingrays!!
  • Keith P.
    Keith PetersenAugust 26, 2014
    Good food at cafe, take the nature walk
  • Jordan N.
    Jordan NoringAugust 9, 2014
    Nice aquarium a little to pricey though.
  • Co'ty C.
    Co'ty CarriereJuly 9, 2011
    This is a great aquarium so much to see!
  • Danica B.
    Danica BurdickMarch 29, 2015
    AMAZING! Loved this place.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KuleszaAugust 13, 2015
    The otters were good here!
  • Kaoru I.
    Kaoru IshibashiJanuary 3, 2012
    There are komodo dragons. 'Nuff said.
  • Sharyn C.
    Sharyn ChanMay 11, 2013
    Behind the scene tour is worth it!
  • Krystal C.
    Krystal CoxNovember 26, 2012
    Renovations were nice. Expected much more though.
  • Thadon0429
    Thadon0429August 25, 2011
    Great place to have fun with ur family
  • Virginia B.
    Virginia BagleyJanuary 16, 2015
    Very exciting & educational for kids ....
  • Nick H.
    Nick HamdenJanuary 6, 2014
    Overpriced for what you get. Man, the sea others weren't even available and that's the only reason I went. Did they say that? No.
  • Donna N.
    Donna NurmiJuly 22, 2010
    Ahhhh.... this is a must see aquarium not far from the oceanfront.
  • Alan A.
    Alan AbramsJuly 25, 2013
    See the Coral reef film
  • April
    AprilAugust 16, 2012
    Fun had by all!
  • Meghan S.
    Meghan SeeJuly 10, 2011
    The nature walk is way longer than expected.
  • Jilohn S.
    Jilohn StarrApril 21, 2015
    It is a very nice aquarium, but it was a little pricey. Even understanding maintenance costs, I just thought that there would be more interactive activities for the kids.
  • Tony B.
    Tony BurrillNovember 21, 2012
  • Sofia M.
    Sofia MendezJuly 14, 2015
    I was underwhelmed. I expected more.
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