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Address: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
Phone Number: 7575951900
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Description: View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon...
View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It's all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia's natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Experience a steamy cypress swamp and cool mountain cove. Explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave. See flying squirrels, stingrays and other creatures of the night. Touch famous Bay creatures. Kids will especially enjoy the Touch Tank with its sea stars and horseshoe crabs. Enjoy hands-on activities. See spectacular views of the sun from the observatory and travel the universe in the state-of-the-art digital planetarium. Outdoors, stroll the boardwalk to view coastal birds, beavers, otters, coyotes, endangered red wolves and other animals in naturalized habitats. Butterfly Garden, Virginia Garden and landscape plantings display one of the most extensive displays of native plants in Virginia. Learn how to live, build and garden green in the Conservation Garden and Green Living House.
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All different types of animals, long walk around entire park, planetarium, cafe, plenty of activities for children inside, and even has a playground. Can't wait to go again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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New Canton, Virginia
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New Canton, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

All different types of animals, long walk around entire park, planetarium, cafe, plenty of activities for children inside, and even has a playground. Can't wait to go again.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We are members and enjoy taking our grandkids to see the animals and interact with the staff. It is a nice place for young kids to learn about the area and our wild life.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
52 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It will take you several hours if you want to see everything here. There is a nice indoor "museum" with lots of aquarium exhibits and other exhibits as well. There's also a great interactive area for kids where they can pretend to be a doctor, scientist or such. My 6-year old granddaughter loved it. Sometimes there are special exhibits as... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Great interactive exhibits for kids. Nice viewing of outside animals. We really enjoyed our visit and will come back.

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Medford, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

If you love animals and want to learn more interesting facts about them this is the place to go. The staff is friendly and courteous. They love to share there knowledge with others. The planetarium was great as was the frog exhibit. We are members and get in free but there is a fee for non-members. It worth becoming a... More 

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Deep River, Connecticut
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is more like a wild life sanctuary as they have large outdoor areas for common east coast animals: beaver, otter, mountain lion, coyote, red wolf, deer, bald eagles, various water fowl, grey wolf. They also have an indoor area with many types of frogs from all over the world. For the little ones, there is an indoor play area... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Perfect place for a family with a 3 yo. Some cool exhibits inside with hands-on elements and an outdoor area with wolves, otters, beavers and more. Watching the otters swimming through the viewing portion was mesmerizing! Well worth the admission price.

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Groton, Connecticut
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73 reviews 73 reviews
61 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The animals they have on displayed are inside as well as outside. They have a boardwalk that leads you to all the animals outside which was nice. We got to see an otter feeding. They have a cave exhibit which was different.

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Waynesboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to VLM. Well maintained exhibits and the animals seemed happy and healthy. The Frog exhibit was great.

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Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

If you have grandhildren buy the grandparents membership so you can return with them several times. The Museum offers many hands-on learning experiences for kids and they change them periodically. You can't do it all in one trip, thus the need for a membership. There are several natural environments to explore, a planetarium, and a long outside nature walk. The... More 

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