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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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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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Fairfax, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Absolutely one of the best attraction places we've been to with our kids, well maintained, clean, staff at front desk were very helpful, I thought it was pricey at first, but when you see what you see......you never think of that again, the indoor displays looked so real, and the outdoors looked like you are entering into heaven......thumbs up, and... More

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Queens Village, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a great place for people of all ages. My two boys 9 and 5 never slow down, and they were still in this museum. There are animals outside, birds, an aquarium that they really loved! They had a dinosaur exhibit that was alot of fun, with an area to dig up pretend dinosaur fossils! There was a nice... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The outside Area were some of the animals are held was actually pretty nice. The animals were so cute and I was able to see every animal that was outside none of them were hiding when I was outside. They had bald eagles which was definitely amazing and beautiful to see. The aquarium was really nice (which is inside) they... More

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North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My two sons, ages 7 and 3 , and I had a great time here yesterday. We got in free because we have a ASTC pass to a reciprocal museum, otherwise the admission charge would have been too much. Lots of animals and the discovery areas were very informative. We spent 5 hours there. The cafe there was not great,... More

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