Open Daily 9am to 5pm
TICKETS ARE VALID FOR ENTRY BEGINNING AT 9AM.
PLEASE ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 2.5 HOURS TO TOUR THE EXHIBITS IN BOTH BUILDINGS
It is where you can see the worlds largest collection of Chesapeake Bay fishes... come face to face with seaturtles...encounter sharks with nothing to fear...touch horseshoe crabs and stingrays...look for wild life in the salt marsh...Explore it all at theVirginia Aquarium.
PLEASE ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 2.5 HOURS TO TOUR THE EXHIBITS IN BOTH BUILDINGS.
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.
In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: theGalapagos Archipelago. Amongst these fascinating and remote volcanic islands,life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result isa wonderland of nature, with a remarkable collection of plants and charismaticanimals that have all adapted to this unique environment. Meet giant half-tontortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt from their noses. Dance withtropical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies.Dive into the ocean with flightless cormorants and swim with tiny penguinsthousands of miles from their natural habitats. Galapagos 3D: Nature'sWonderland is a story of discovery, of survival against the odds, and ofnature's ingenuity, all brought to life in stunning 3D.
Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers withthe unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses - in ourown backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the filmdisplays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior – all capturedby cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor andpond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.
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.
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.
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.