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“always love this place”

Virginia Living Museum
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It's all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia's natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. Experience a steamy cypress swamp and cool mountain cove. Explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave. See flying squirrels, stingrays and other creatures of the night. Touch famous Bay creatures. Kids will especially enjoy the Touch Tank with its sea stars and horseshoe crabs. Enjoy hands-on activities. See spectacular views of the sun from the observatory and travel the universe in the state-of-the-art digital planetarium. Outdoors, stroll the boardwalk to view coastal birds, beavers, otters, coyotes, endangered red wolves and other animals in naturalized habitats. Butterfly Garden, Virginia Garden and landscape plantings display one of the most extensive displays of native plants in Virginia. Learn how to live, build and garden green in the Conservation Garden and Green Living House.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I always have a season pass. I take my 4 year old there every chance we get. The outdoor walk is very nice during good weather. Not so nice when it's cold or too hot. Tip. If hot do the walk outside then go in to the mountain stream room. It's extra cold in there and you can cool down quickly.

Thank pwNma
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We had a blast visiting the planetarium here. This was exciting for the children and we had plenty to do. Thumbs up

Thank anonymousisfine
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

This museum is half aquarium and half zoo. Many animals to see while exploring the habitats of Virginia. Aquatic animals include various fish, rays, alligator, otters, beavers, etc.. Land animals include wolves, foxes, bald eagles, deer, many types of birds, etc.. This museum also has a planetarium. Hands on activities. Especially great for under 10 years. Reasonably priced (AAA discount). Only 30 mins from Williamsburg.

Thank dariah
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

With our grandparent passes (a real bargain) we take our granddaughter there about once a month and she loves it. We never get tired of viewing all the animals. We have taken her to some of the children's nature classes and they are wonderful. It is a beautiful museum with fantastic indoor and outdoor displays and wonderful people there to help explain things as we tour. It is a very kid friendly museum with something for the whole family. Don't miss it.

Thank Cindy P
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Yes, the admission is pricey, but this museum has lots of aquariums and and a big outdoor area with mammals and aquariums.

This museum can be seen in 2-3 hours leaving you time to see another attraction.

My 11 year old loved it here!

Thank Kevin M
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