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Virginia Living Museum

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601
7575951900
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Ranked #2 of 23 Attractions in Newport News
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Aquariums, Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Babylon, NY
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

I think anyone under 12 will enjoy this. You need only about two hours to see all the exhibits unless you do a movie. It was worth our time and if you use your AAA card its $51.00 for a family if four.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We have enjoyed watching the Virginia Living Museum evolve over the years. One can learn an enormous amount about the ecology of Virginia. A highlight is the display series that take you from the mountains to the ocean, following the changes in flora and fauna as you go. The outdoor walk is really nice. This is the only museum where... More

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93 reviews 93 reviews
43 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The Virginia Living Museum has some wonderful exhibits, but doesn't have much bang for your buck. You can easily burn a couple of hours here, but it is not quite a museum and not quite a zoo. The kids enjoyed it, but that is only part of the equation. If the parents are not getting much pleasure out of it,... More

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Yorktown, Virginia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It was great for our out of town visitors to see in one place so much of the Virginia wild-life that they'd be seeing on our adventures around the state. Great walking trails through the outside exhibits. We miss the butterfly house but the other exhibits were great - we were fascinated with the flounder exhibit watching them change color... More

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My sister-in-law & I spent a wonderful day here, strolled the gardens & wildlife areas, enjoyed lunch. Great day!

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Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It was a fun time for the kids.. but the enclosure for the alligator seemed too small(as they all are usually) what broke my heart though was the outdoor woodland walk through. The high walkway through the trees was really cool...it was a pretty warm day but all the animals were sleeping in enclosures but most of the enclosures that... More

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New Kent, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This place was suggested by a friend. What an awesome place. From dinosaurs to bee hives to wolves to eagles and sea turtles. You can't go wrong bringing the kids here. For a family of 5 a membership is just as cost effective as a day pass and you can return over and over again. Planetarium shows are free with... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a really great place to visit! Friendly people, so much to see, both inside and out. Recommend going first thing in the a.m. so you can see all the animals as they start their day! Otter, fox, coyote, lots of fish, turtles and many more. Inside there is plenty for the kids to learn and interact with. Great... More

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

There is so much to do. We received a $1 each ticket for a military discount. We love the design and flow. There was so many animals to see. The kids Loved to feel and touch everything. The water pool with the horseshoe crab was fun. We got to touch the crab, starfish and more. There is a beautiful path... More

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Smithfield
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

This is a great place to spend an afternoon. I have been here many times with my children and now my grandchildren. If you are local enough, get a pass as it is so well worth it. I have the grandparents + 6. There are great fish tanks, an outdoor walkway with animals, a dinosaur exhibit this summer, play areas... More

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