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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 2014
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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Carlisle
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Although it was very crowded the day we visited (rainy day), we enjoyed the aquarium. There are a lot of interesting exhibits. We liked the bird exhibit at the Marsh Pavilion . The adventure park looks like it would be fun for teens and active adults, but seems out of place here. There was a long wait to get in... More

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Chesterfield, VA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Seemed a little pricey, but of all the aquariums I've visited, it's a favorite. I didn't really like the two buildings being quite a walk apart since it was raining the day of the visit...

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Lexington, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Lots of variety in the aquarium, friendly staff. Gift shop has reasonable prices. Staff was knowledgeable. Very kid friendly, Omni max was great. Enjoyed the Great White movie.

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Virginia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We visited on a rainy day with our 4 and 6 year old. While the place was pretty crowded, we still really enjoyed it. We did the IMAX movie and both buildings of the aquarium and it took the better part of the day to do it all. We ate at the cafe, and sat outside, which worked out well.

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Canastota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A little pricey but lots to see. A very kid friendly center. Sharks and sea turtles were awesome. Don't miss out on the Marsh Pavilion which is a 10 minute walk from the main building.

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York, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We decided to plan to go here on the day it was going to be hot and rainy so we were inside. The selection of animals was great! They had a stingray area where you could pet them which was really cool. There was a lot of educational stuff for people to learn about the area the animals that live... More

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Colonia, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Great exhibits in two separate buildings. Hands on touch tanks and feeding watches. All day event if you include the woodland adventure. Zip lines and obstacle courses high in the trees but at all different skill levels. Excellent pre-training on harness safety and maneuvering . Great staff and very helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

A bit overpriced in my opinion but we enjoyed ourselves and would go back. We did the aquarium and imax but did not have time for the nature walk and did not opt to pay extra for the adventure park.

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Colchester, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We spent close to $90 for our family to get in here. After an hour and a half there was nothing else to see. There were mostly fish in this place and some fake animal statues. The Mystic Aquarium in CT where we are from has live seal shows, penguins, beluga whales, and alot more outdoor enclosures with live animals.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There is so much to do at this aquarium and so much to see. I think it is around 80,000 gallons of aquarium. My kids went behind the scenes to watch turtles be fed which they loved. There are 2 buildings and alot of hands on learning for children of all ages. Next time we come down we will try... More

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