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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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Tribes Hill, New York
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Nice aquarium. Love that they have areas where you can touch the animals. My daughters were able to touch stingrays and turtles. I wish the aquarium tickets included the adventure trail. Even if it was just a small section of it. Would have loved to have my daughter try it. If you have a teen or adventurous kids, I would... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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37 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Up front comments. This is a well-maintained museum with diversity of exhibits but has quite a bit of focus on the geography/history of Virginia waterways and the ocean in the vicinity of Virginia. I visited the aquarium on a weekday during the Summer. I arrived shortly after they opened so I did not have to wait for entrance and it... More

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Rochester, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We have been here before 3 other times the new attractions are worth the trip[!!! We had a great day!

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Newport News, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

IF you want a nice day out with family and friends that included inside and outside exhibits then this is perfect for you. You can take your time and walk and read and learn so much about our planet and the life of fish and their neighbors. I love the water and seeing these fish was so relaxing. If you... More

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Hoosick Falls, New York
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9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It was a bit of a rainy day, so we were going to go (had been a couple years ago) but the line was CRAZY long! We went the following day (a nice day) when they opened up, no line, got to see everything. all around a nice visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We spent a rainy day here and it was well worth the trip. There are the usual aquarium attractions, with a number of interactive educational displays that my kids really enjoyed. The IMAX theatre is a great feature as well. My only annoyance is that they have a souvenir penny press machine in the foyer, but universally refuse to give... More

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Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We spent a day at the Aquarium with our family while we were on vacation in Sandbridge. The aquarium was really nice and clean. The exhibits were great. The kids wanted to stay and do the adventure park (next time).

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Clayton, North Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Lots of aquariums of the same kinds of fish. There were some very nice exhibits but most were pretty average. The nature trail would be great for city folks but if you live in the country, its stuff you see at home.

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Goshen, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My kids loved the aquarium, and that's all I can ask for! I thought it'd be bigger (the walk from building to building takes longer than the walks through each of the exhibit halls), but it's well-kept with lots of exhibits, and there are lots of docents/guides around who really know their stuff and proactively interact with the guests.

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Hornell, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We drove there but the line looked like it was about a 2 hour wait and it was 1pm! The kids were bummed. Oh well, it saved me over a hundred bucks! Very expensive to get in - wouldn't want to fight the crowd to do it!

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