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Address: 717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone Number: (757) 385-3474
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Whale watching
Description: A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, barracuda and other aquatic species, is...
A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, barracuda and other aquatic species, is the main attaction at this popular aquarium.
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Wasn't at all what I had expected....was actually better!!! My kids ages range from 4,8, and 15 and they all enjoyed it!!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Marlene L
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New Holland, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

I watched a IMAX movies on The Great White Shark. Then we walked through the science center. Plenty of aquatic life to look at. Even could touch a Sting Ray.

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Fair Lawn
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Been here a few times over the last 8 years or so. For the price I don't think its worth it, doesn't take long to see all and the second building is basically a waste. I'd suggest the zoo in Norfolk any day!!

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Fremont, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We visited this Aquarium about 10 years ago and it was very nice. We went again this past summer, and I wasn't as impressed as I was the first time. They have made changes since then, obviously. Its still a nice aquarium, they no longer had the tunnel to go through, now it is just mirrors?? I can't say it... More 

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Staunton, Virginia
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275 reviews 275 reviews
93 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We drove from Staunton with my daughter's class for a day at the aquarium and an IMAX movie. I gave a review for this aquarium in August 2013 and NOTHING has changed. It is expensive, way too crowded and the strollers! Ugh! I have two children and I know that strollers are extremely convenient, but this is not the right... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Wasn't at all what I had expected....was actually better!!! My kids ages range from 4,8, and 15 and they all enjoyed it!!!!

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Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Much like the rest of Virginia Beach, the Aquarium is too pretentious for what it actually is. First and foremost, out of the gate, the admission price is through the roof. I visited with my wife; we purchased two admission tickets, a cup of coffee we were impolitely instructed to fill/mix ourselves, and one ice cream and spent close to... More 

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Greenville, NC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

First visit to the aquarium after many trips to the beach. It's was fun. I really liked the tunnel and watching the sharks swim above my head. Much larger than we expected. Lots of neat exhibits some of them even hands on. The imax theater was neat. Next time the kids want to try the zip lines. I can't believe... More 

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Springfield, Vermont
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

great staff, good time, IMAX was great, enjoyed the entire tour, the aviary was closed due to storm damage, but everything else was great, recommend the dolphin cruise as well

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va beach va
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97 reviews 97 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

They keep this place clean & are always adding to the aquarium. There is something for everybody. Recommend going on a week day especially in summer. They have an adventure park have not tried it but will get to it this summer.

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132 reviews 132 reviews
33 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We loved the aquarium! It was our first time visiting. It took us about 3 1/2 hours to walk through the place. Many neat tanks! We loved touching the sting rays! Only negative was the aquarium was full of fish. Would of been nice to see penguins or something different. There was a snack bar and restaurant/cafe on site. The... More 

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