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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-3474
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Science Museums, Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Whale watching
Description: A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, barracuda and other aquatic species, is the main attaction at this popular aquarium.
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Plenty of sea life and interactive stations for kids (and adults). The outdoor spaces are nice too. Reasonably priced but, look for coupons in tourist guide books or online.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Daughters, 7,7,6 loved the place. Enough intellectual stimulus for adults too. Great, well crafted displays. Shaded walkways to some exhibits even keep you cool on a hot, sunny day. Warning-the main tank out front is so interesting to kids, you may not make it inside for awhile, careful if trying to catch a timed exhibit or movie.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

They have done a wonderful job of putting together a wide variety of exhibits for all ages at the Marine Science Center. It's not just fish, although the aquarium is fabulous. The exhibits cover the entire coastal habitat range and provide interactive learning stations as well. Don't miss this when you are in the area.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is an indoor and outdoor attraction. Will take a good two hours to see, not including the Imax theater. There are separate charges for the Aquarium and Theater, the prices are listed at the ticket desk. This is fun for the whole family and a good learning experience also.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Look, I really want to give the Aquarium a great review. When my kids were little this place saved my sanity on many rainy Saturday afternoons. "Everybody in the Aerostar, we are going see the fish!" I am a local and we lived just down the road from there and went all the time. They have come a long way... More

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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great shark display. Get to touch the stingrays. It is split between 2 buildings. You can take a long hike to the second building or drive. They have some great displays. Harbor seals and large sea turtles as well. Don't miss the Komodo dragons. Staff is mostly volunteers that are great.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Every time we go to this wonderful facility, there is something new to see or do. The location of the buildings on a marsh make it so peaceful to walk through when out side. I understand they will have a zip-line type thing soon! I can't wait to see that.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have not been in several years, but I have seen where there has been much renovation and expanding going on. When I did go, I really enjoyed watching the sea otters swimming around, and the Max movies as well as the nature walk which I understand will be even better than when I went. I really enjoyed taking photos,... More

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Virginia Beach
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A good group of volunteers do their best to save marine animals and provide you and your children with an entertaining, educational experience. The grounds also provide a chance to enjoy outdoor walks plus a charming boat ride on the nearby waters. An IMAX Theatre rounds out the options for good family fun. Some parts are free and others have... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If your going to the beach a stop at the aquarium is a must. It is always changing and has a IMAX theatre.

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