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.
The Aquarium is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Aquarium & 3D Theater are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is full of life experiences awaiting your discovery.
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
Fall Schedule (Beginning September 2nd)
- Open 7 days a week
- Sunday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Twilight climbing starting at 4:00 PM)
- Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM (Twilight climbing starting at 6:00 PM)
- Friday & Saturday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM (Twilight climbing starting at 8:00 PM)
- Open weekends for General Admission
- Sunday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
- Fridays & Saturday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Summer Schedule (Beginning June 13th)
- Open 7 days a week
- Sunday - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
All dates and hours listed are subject to change.
3D Theater Renovations
The Aquarium’s 3D theater is closed for major renovations from September 1, 2014 through Novem… Learn More
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
If you enjoy Toddler Tuesdays, then you won’t want to miss our new Toddler Trek Thursdays, an outdoo… Learn More
Above & Beyond Behind-The-Scenes
Tour through the inner workings of the Virginia Aquarium and find out what it takes to keep the anim… Learn More
Watts Speaker Series: Joel Sartore
National Geographic freelance photographer Joel Sartore shares his Photo Ark project to photograph every captive species on earth. Through photos, video and stories, see how we can make a difference.
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.