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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

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Address: 717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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+1 757-385-3474
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Aquarium

Enjoyed the time spent there, it gave us something to do for several hours. The children will really like the atmosphere.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 March 2016
Odell H
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Newport News, Virginia
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Newport News, Virginia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the time spent there, it gave us something to do for several hours. The children will really like the atmosphere.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

One of the best aquariums in USA ! Well kept ,clean with proper guidelines ! Informative for kids as well as adults.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

Great time & kids love it here. A lot of interactive things to do. The adventure park is a blast. So many things to do. The employees are very knowledgeable & very helpful. Great way to spend the day w/ family.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

very interesting and children will have a very educational visit. many great exibits with something for all ages

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Winston Salem
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

This a very inclusive aquarium and the have a alligator not shown anywhere besides this aquarium. Very enjoyable

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Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Nice aquarium displaying a wide variety o marine creatures from the chesapeake / Virginia seaboard. several touch-and-feel exhibits make it interesting for the kids. Though the attraction is listed as a 2 - 3 hr tour, it took us over 4 hours to walk around all the exhibits at a leisurely pace. there is also an outdoor marsh trail that... More 

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Monticello, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

From reading everything on the website it seemed super cool to bring my family too as a traveler... But after walking through, I expected so much more. Wasn't extremely impressed.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I got season passes so we can take the grandkids anytime. It's hands on aquarium and interesting for adults as well as children. A must see if your visiting Va Bch and have kids or get a season pass and bring your children or grandchildren 2to3 times a week. If you walk through the entire building with... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

For the price you pay to get in, I expected a lot more. The highlight of the visit was touching the rays. It's very easy to move fast through the aquarium, making it feel like there was nothing there to see. It would be probably be better if there had been a guide so you could get the most of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

The aquarium is absolutely amazing. I can't wait to go back and take our grandkids, they are going to just love it as much as,we did. There is so much to see and do and learn about all the animals there.

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