Embark on a global odyssey to discover the largest and leastexplored habitat on earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed us togo further into the unknown than we ever thought possible.
Sea turtles are some of Earth’s most ancient and majesticcreatures. These remarkable reptiles travel open ocean for as many as 50 yearsand return to the very beach where they were born to lay eggs that are thefoundation of the next generation. The crew followed the turtles to capture thewonder of their habitat – from enormous breaching whales to playful sea lions,tiny sea horses and vibrant clown fish. Sea turtles remind us just howinterconnected we all are in this amazing world.
Hidden Pacific is a pioneering film that profiles some ofthe Pacific Ocean's most beautiful islands and marine national monuments —breathtaking places that will leave audiences with a deep-felt appreciation for the beauty of nature untouched by civilization. The storied histories of Palmyra, Midway and other atolls – from the WWII Pacific Theater to their present environmental recovery and ecological research initiatives – provide the platform from which the film explores a diversity of science and human stories. Hidden Pacific is produced by Tandem Stills + Motion, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and affiliated organizations.
Open Daily 9am to 5pm
SAME DAY TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN PERSON. TICKETS ARE VALID FOR ENTRY STARTING AT 9AM.
It is where you can see the worlds largest collection of Chesapeake Bay fishes... come face to face with sea turtles...encounter sharks with nothing to fear...touch stingrays...look for wild life in the salt marsh...Explore it all at the Virginia Aquarium.
A unique view from the top of the sea turtle aquarium where you observe a feeding and interaction with five large sea turtles. Learn about the history and behavior of sea turtles and conservation efforts world wide and discover what it takes to keep these gentle creatures healthy. Children must be at least 8 years old and 48 inches tall. Appropriate footwear required. Guests must be able to climb stairs.
Join us for an unforgettable ~2.5 hour adventure in search of whales, dolphins, seals,and seabirds. Staff & volunteers trained by Aquarium experts share a program built upon our own research and conservation efforts and three decades of experience. We adhere to all responsible wildlife viewing guidelines.
Guests should check-in 30 minutes prior to the boat departure time at the dock adjacent to the Bay & Ocean Pavilion parking lot at 717 General Booth Blvd. Day-of tickets are available onsite if space allows.
Trips are subject to boating conditions,but will not be canceled due to precipitation. Cancelations are made as far in advance as possible, and you will be contacted with the opportunity to reschedule your reservation. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable unless the trip has been cancelled by the Virginia Aquarium.
Tips & What to Wear Please dress in layers, non-skid shoes, and appropriately for the elements. All children under 3 must be included in your reservation, per U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
Accompany an educator through the inner workings of the Virginia Aquarium and peer into selected aquariums. Find out what it takes to keep the animals healthy and their habitat clean. Learn about the careers that make an aquarium work, from animal care to engineering. Children must be at least 8 years old and 48 inches tall. Appropriate footwear required. Guests must be able to climb stairs.
Reservation is required for this exclusive event. You will select a time to see the mermaid swimming in the Red Sea Aquarium to avoid overcrowding in the tunnel. Activities in the Bay & Ocean Pavilion will be open for ticketed guests to explore from 6-8:30PM. Tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable.
Membership status will be validated at event check in. Strollers will not be permitted in the tunnel. Doors open at 5:30. Please arrive at least 20 mins before your ticket time to check in and receive your wristband
Take an exclusive staff-guided tour above the Red Sea Tunnel to meet the mermaids! Watch as the mermaids swim among the spotted eagle rays and colorful Red Sea residents, and talk with them about what it means to be a mermaid! Each tour is 15 minutes, and some restrictions apply.
$75 per person, limit of 4 persession. Price includes Mermaid Behind the Scenes and the Mermaid Monday experience.
Participants must be at least 52 inches tall and children under the age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. To enable full viewing of the mermaids by guests, strollers are not allowed forthis event.
Join MermaidBalee for this extra-special event with a very limited number of spaces! Mermaid Balee’s Bubblee Boutique will immerse your 4 to 10 year old child in the world of mermaids with a unique salon treatment fit for the sea! Guests will receive the full mermaid make over-hair, nails, and face make up while enjoying snacks fit for a mermaid and participating in mer-activities. Then to top it off, they will be treated to extraordinary viewing of the mermaids inside the Red Sea Tunnel.
Join Mermaid Balee for this extra-special event with a very limited number of spaces! Mermaid Balee’s Bubblee Boutique will immerse your 4 to 10 year old child in the world of mermaids with a unique salon treatment fit for the sea! Guestswill receive the full mermaid make over-hair, nails, and face make up while enjoying snacks fit for a mermaid and participating in mer-activities. Then to top it off, they will be treated to extraordinary viewing of the mermaids inside the Red Sea Tunnel.
Families that have members with any ability are invited to visit the Aquarium in a calm, comfortable, sensory-friendly environment. Explore at your own pace after we close the doors to the general public.