Welcome back Members! The Virginia Aquarium has established some important and temporary changes you need to know before visiting. Members will be required to reserve a time slot for each visit in order to follow social distancing and limit capacity, at no additional charge. Members will receive exclusive access from 9 am – 10 am each morning starting June 19. Please visit here to learn how to reserve your spot.
***If you receive an error message while checking out, please call (757) 385-3474 and use option 3 to connect with our Guest Services team and confirm your ticket purchase. Ticket purchases generally go through despite the error, all you need to do is call to confirm.***
Open Daily 9:00 am – 5 pm
We look forward to seeing you again! The Virginia Aquarium has established some important and temporary changes you need to know before visiting. Guests will be required to reserve a time slot for their visit in order to follow social distancing and limit capacity. Please visit here for more details.
Join us on an unforgettable 90-minute excursion offering unparalleled close-up observations of bottlenose dolphins! Staff & volunteers trained by Aquarium experts share a program based on our three decades of experience and provide discussions on incredible dolphin behaviors and what is being done to conserve the species. We adhere to all responsible wildlife viewing guidelines.
Guests should check-in 45 minutes prior to the boat departure time at the dock adjacent to the Bay & Ocean Pavilion parking lot at 717 General Booth Blvd. Tickets are only available online. Trips are subject to boating conditions, but will not be canceled due to precipitation. To confirm trip status, please call the Virginia Aquarium at (757) 385-FISH.
Tips and What to Wear: Please dress appropriately for the elements. Non-skid shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses are recommended. Allow ample time for parking. Children under 3 must be included in your reservation.
Mermaids, pirates and fairies...oh my!
Come dressed as your favorite mermaid, pirate, or fairy for an evening of family fun. Guests are invited to follow a treasure map and take a journey through the aquarium while visiting themed stations featuring Mermaids, Pirates and Fairies to receive clues to find the missing treasure!
Join us on select Friday and Saturday evening in April for a timed visit. This family fun event will host FantaSea stations throughout the aquarium, in a safe and fun way.
Online registration and timed tickets are required. Tickets will not be available at the door. A paying adult must accompany children. Children 2 and under are free. Facial coverings are required for guests 5+
Plan to join us for a special evening scheduled just for adults (21+)! Whether you bring a friend or choose to come alone, you are invited to leisurely enjoy all of the animals and exhibits, free from daytime crowds and high-energy kiddos.
Face-coverings and a valid photo-ID are required.
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 before we open the doors to the general public.