Visiting an aquarium may not be your first choice of activities to do when going to Virginia Beach. Being a 26 year old adult squealing at the site of baby otters wasn’t what I expected.
Virginia Aquarium Adventures
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 | https://www.virginiaaquarium.com
I remember being so fascinated by animals and the evolution of our world growing up. I even took an earth, space, and science course in college because of my igniting curiosity.
The Virginia aquarium is the world’s largest collection of Chesapeake Bay fishes. We came face to face with huge sea turtles, encountered a big tank of sharks with a 10 minute educational discussion about the species, and got to finally touch stingrays (I freaked out! They’re so slimy)
Take a look inside: Virginia Aquarium & Marine and Science Center
How are these sharks and fishes in the same tank you ask? Well the aquarium feeds the sharks frequently enough to the point they’re too full to eat them. If they don’t, bye bye Dory!
Another great location for those epic selfies is that the end of the aquarium tour, right before entering the gift shop.
Nat Geo 3D Theater: Galapagos 3D
In the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise that not too many people know of called the Galapagos. Amongst these remote volcanic islands, life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a wonderland of nature, with a remarkable collection of plants and charismatic animals that have all adapted to this unique environment all brought to life in this stunning 3D feature.
Unfortunately no video or photos may be taken during the film. I found it very interesting and would recommend it before exploring the aquarium.
In addition, there is a concession stand available outside the theater for those who like to snack while watching a film.
**I would suggest doing the aquarium and movie bundle.
Hidden Nature Trail
Located in the back of the aquarium is a 15 minute nature trail. Explore the peaceful scenery of Owls Creek that leads you to The Adventure Park and another hidden part of the aquarium.
The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium
It’s an eco-friendly zipline and aerial adventure experience in the trees looking over the scenic Owls Creek. Walking through the trail, you will see wooden platforms at different heights. They are connected either by ziplines that climbers “zip” across or fun challenge bridges that climbers navigate in order to get from one platform to the next. I’m sure it seems like an easy task until you’re up there.
General Admission Prices (3-Hour Tickets)
Ages 12+: $52
Ages 7 – 11: $44
Ages 5 & 6: One free with paying adult [18+]
Located just after the Adventure Park’s information tent (pictured above) is another, small, exhibit with baby otters, sea horses, snakes, and more.
PLEASE ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 2.5 HOURS TO TOUR THE EXHIBITS IN BOTH BUILDINGS