Explore & Experience

Come explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and animal habitats in the country at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Experience our hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands.

 Hours

The Aquarium is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Aquarium & 3D Theater are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

 Purchase

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is full of life experiences awaiting your discovery.

 Address

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
  (757) 385-FISH (3474)



Experience Nature From New Heights  

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium — an eco-friendly zip line and aerial adventure experience in the trees above the scenic Owls Creek. Kids, teens and adults can all enjoy The Adventure Park and it's perfect for families or groups too. Up in the trees of the Owls Creek Path you will see wooden platforms at different heights. They are connected either by zip lines that climbers "zip" across or fun challenge bridges that climbers navigate in order to get from one platform to the next. Learn more »

  The Adventure Park Information

December Schedule

  • Sundays: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Mondays & Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesdays - Fridays: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Winter Break Schedule

  • Monday, December 22: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 23: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 24: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 25: Closed
  • Friday, December 26: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 27: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 28: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Monday, December 29: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 31: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 1: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, January 2: 9 a.m. - 7s p.m.
  • Saturday, January 3: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 4: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.s

All dates and hours listed are subject to change.

 Today's Happenings

The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head will lead the way on amazing adventures into outer space, under the sea and more! Ge… Learn More 

Great White Shark

Misrepresented, maligned and misunderstood, the Great White Shark is an iconic predator: the creatur… Learn More 

Sea Turtles Behind-The-Scenes

Get a unique view from the top of the sea turtle aquarium, observe feeding and interaction with five… Learn More 

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas

When Sid ends up on Santa’s naughty list, he and Peaches journey to the North Pole to set thin… Learn More 

 Upcoming Events

Countdown to 2015

Children and adults get ready for the New Year! Join us for games, activities and sparkling non-alcoholic beverages.

Upcoming Dates 

Sundays with Santa

Join Santa and his elves at the Marsh Pavilion for festive and fun activities. Visit with them on Sundays through December 21, 2014.

Upcoming Dates 

Member Exclusive – Breakfast with Santa

Snap a photo with our very jolly special guest. Holiday craft stations and other activities will be available along with a delicious breakfast prepared by Sodexo’s executive chef. Reservations are required.

Upcoming Dates 

SCUBA Santa Weekends

Be sure to catch a glimpse of the jolly ole’ elf swimming with the fishes in the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium at the Bay & Ocean Pavilion.

See SCUBA Santa on Saturdays and Sundays through December 21, 2014.

Upcoming Dates 

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