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Address: 717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone Number: +1 757-385-3474
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Whale watching
Description: A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the...
A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, rays, and other aquatic species, is the main atrtaction at this popular aquarium.
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Nice aquarium

We went to the aquarium on a Sunday in August 2015. This aquarium is not terribly big but it is very nice. We got there when they opened but then left to take a dolphin cruise... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great time. We had a group of people about 14 people with 2 kids under 2 years old and they had a blast. It was fun for the adults to.

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We did the aquarium in the morning then one of the boat trips in the afternoon. Did not have enough time to go on the nature walk which was a shame.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We went to the aquarium on a Sunday in August 2015. This aquarium is not terribly big but it is very nice. We got there when they opened but then left to take a dolphin cruise. When we returned around lunch time, the aquarium was a little crowded but not unbearable. My family really enjoyed it and would probably go... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I have been to a few different aquariums in the past (Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Columbus) and for the price of this one, I wasn't impressed. We went around 10:30am on a Monday and it was packed - to the point that you can't even enjoy the place. There also really isn't too much to see in my opinion. They say... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I always visit this aquarium when I'm in Virginia Beach. The best part is their Seal Splash. Their seals are soooo cute. I also love watching their sea turtles! I loved their recycled trash exhibit they had last year. It was so eye-opening to learn about how trash affects the ocean and all the animals that inhibit it. This year... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

we LOVED our visit here... so much to do! The aquarium, the nature walk, adventure park and the otter exhibit. It was all excellent. Would like to visit again and get to do the zip lines in Adventure Park

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Pemberton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It's a nice aquarium and we spent time at the exhibits that it took some time to get through. We got there around 1 and by time we wanted to go to the other building we were getting rushed out cause they closed at 5 after being told at the other building that we would be able to stay a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Well, here is what I have to say. It is a nice place to visit but do not expect much. We spend 2 hours in main building. Small and well maintained. Not only about sea life. You can find hedgehogs there for example. Infant was exited, teenager not so much( but it is not a big surprise;)) 35 $ for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We went to days and the dolphin cruise. It was sooooo wonderful!!!!! Definitely going back!!!!! Bernie & Sue

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

3D films are only 22 or so minutes long..only educational...not feature films for the bucks! Disappointing all around, esp. since you plan your visit trying to get to the 3d show on time from wherever you are in the acqurium!

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