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Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Virginia Aquarium
Virginia Aquarium
For anyone who is up for adventure and excitement plus a learning experience all rolled into one, a trip to the Virginia Aquarium is a perfect stop on their next Virginia getaway.

With more than 800,000 gallons of water to make the perfect home for all kinds of sea creatures, visitors will quickly realize why Virginia Aquarium is not only one of the top aquariums but also one of the top animal habitats in the entire United States.

Details About the Aquarium
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is filled with hands-on exhibits, marshlands, a nature trail and even an outdoor aviary. There is even an IMAX Theatre to provide an ultimate, up close and personal movie experience that will enable visitors to get "Under the Sea" in 3D. It is truly an unforgettable experience. Visitors don't only see what lives under the sea, they also see what lives near it and on it, such as birds.

Special Programs
The Aquarium leads an award-winning Stranding Response Team. They respond to stranded sea turtles and marine mammals all along the cost of Virginia and beyond. The team not only rehabilitates those animals that are sick or injured, they also collect data from dead animals in an effort to resolve issues and save the lives of more animals.

In addition, the Aquarium particpates in numerous conservation activities and works to ensure that the public stays informed and educated about the various aspects of sea life and the environment. Taking a stand in creating an informed, knowledgeable public when it comes to sea life, the Aquarium stays ahead of the others and is established as a trendsetter in the marine science arena. The facility desires to inspire conservation through sustainable practices, research and education.

Other Details
Numerous private evenst are scheduled at the Aquarium throughout the year. These tickets are purchased separately. In addition, there are special programs that can be scheduled for groups, meeting the needs of the ages and educational levels of the participants. Contact the Aquarium for further details about these services.

Hours of Operation and Tickets
The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission is $17 for adults, $12 for children and $16 for senior citizens. Tickets are available online or at the front gate. There is an additional charge for the IMAX Theatre and any other optional programs.

How to Get There
The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is located in Virginia Beach at 717 General Booth Blvd. For more information, call the aquarium at (757) 385-FISH (3474) or visit the facility's website.

So in a nutshell, the Aquarium is a place to go for fun, learning and unbeatable experiences. It is not only the one of kind stop in Virginia, but it is ranked among the best places to visit in the United States. If a visit to Virginia Beach is in your future, take the time to schedule a stop at the Aquarium. At least 2.5 hours are recommended for a tour of the facilities.

Hours and Location

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Location: Virginia Beach
Address: 717 General Booth Blvd., 23451
Telephone: (757) 385-FISH (3474)
Web site:
Cost: Aquarium prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children 3 to 11.
Latitude: 36.821355
Longitude: -75.983437

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