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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

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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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hours of enjoyment for young and old

Bought some family members including a five year old. There were plenty of activities to keep all of us occupied. We spent quite a few hours meandering around and cannot wait to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Eagle, Colorado
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Eagle, Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Bought some family members including a five year old. There were plenty of activities to keep all of us occupied. We spent quite a few hours meandering around and cannot wait to return!

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Dunkirk, MD
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit on a cold rainy day in Virginia beach. The attractions for kids were awesome. I hope to go back when I can. Take advantage of the outdoor activities between the buildings. They look like a real fun adventure.

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Lansdale, PA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Funny story....We saw this aquarium driving north from NC and couldn't understand why there were two entrances. We stayed at VA beach that night and visited the next morning and the mystery was solved. There are two parts to the same aquarium. You can start your visit at either entrance and get your hand stamped (in the summer you can... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I could go here every day I love animals the fish tank is amazing the seals are at the front door there funny and know they have a nice tour boat

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Annapolis, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I'd rather spend my $22 on a different admission ticket than here. It seems it's more kid-friendly but even so, it's overpriced. They closed the Marsh center because of the rain and I still had to pay full price. The entire aquarium took less than 30 minutes to walk through; even without the crowd, there wasn't much to see. The... More 

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Franklin, New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This was a nice place to visit, however it was small and expensive. No shows and we were done with the whole thing within 2 hours. We live near the New England Aquarium and for the same price there are many shows, penguins and 2x the amount of animals. I did really like the tank hallway, that was the nicest... More 

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Winthrop
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This was great the kids really enjoyed the visit. Staff was friendly and helpful. Lots of activities for children

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The scenes were awsome the staff was great. Everything about it was good. I will definitely come back and recommend this pleace to anyone else to come and see the sights!

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I've visited the center on multiple occasions. It is a wonderful opportunity to see nature close-up. There are also interactive displays for kids and adults alike. The boardwalk lets you venture outside to see the tributary behind the center and walk over to the aviary. Occasionally, there are venues going on too like special showings at the IMAX theater. You... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We are members and have gotten a lot of use out of our membership. It's always relaxing to set in front of a tank watch the fish. We love the shark tank and sea turtles.

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