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“Lots of interesting animals and aquariums” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 385-3474
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Type: Science Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Whale watching
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Owner description: A 300,000-gallon tank with sharks, barracuda and other aquatic species, is the main attaction at this popular aquarium.
Northern Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Lots of interesting animals and aquariums”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

Our attention was captivated for a solid two hours with a 1 year old and a 3 year old.

The steps in front of the shark tanks are a great place to rest and have a snack. My 1 year old didn't want to walk away from the oversized aquarium view.

Visited January 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Close encounter with a Humpback!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

They call it Winter Wildlife viewing because they don't guarantee that you will see whales. We took a chance and got to spend about an hour with a humpback just hanging around the boat. He got very close at least 10 times. Some visits were as close as within about 10 yards of the boat. We saw 2 more on the way back in from a short distance. I think we were just lucky but we're glad we made the trip.

Visited January 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“A day with the fish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

If you love marine life this is the place to go. Clean and cool as you walk around and it is a nice walk up the trails to the upper portion.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Good spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

We've been here a few times. It's always a neat trip. Close to Sandbridge and close to the oceanfront area as well.

Visited August 2011
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Norfolk, Virginia
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“Amazingly Fascinating Aquarium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

Good for all ages and one of the most nicely done in Tidewater and perhaps the whole state. Expensive. I enjoy it every time and combine the sites and sounds with a walk through the elevated wetlands path provided by the Aquarium and sometimes a kayak trip from the nearby landing. There is food and adventure a plenty here for tourist or native. It is so popular that you can hardly find a place to park. If you like it, there is also the Nauticus "museum" in nearby Norfolk which includes a Battleship that you can walk on and many working exhibits of man's interaction with the ocean.

Visited March 2011
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