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“Great Educational Experience For The Entire Family”

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 young children, Activities for older children
Gloucester, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great Educational Experience For The Entire Family”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Learn something new about animals of all types. Get an up close look at many different species. The kids will enjoy the hands on experiences available. Great gift shop that the kids (as well as adults) will enjoy, there is something for everyone. Be sure to bring your camera for the wonderful upclose shots of the animals.

Thank Korky62
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Tyro, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“always love this place”
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.

Visited March 2013
Thank pwNma
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Columbus, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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

Visited April 2013
Thank anonymousisfine
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Worth the trip for young kids”
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.

Visited April 2013
Thank dariah
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Yorktown, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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.

Visited March 2013
Thank Cindy P
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