There's plenty to discover at the Aquarium! Upon arrival to Admissions, check the schedule posted behind the desk for the most up-to-date information about programs and activities being offered during the time of your visit. Listed below are the types of programs you can expect to be available during your visit, however, times and topics are subject to change.


Curiosity Carts and Gallery Programs

Look for carts stationed in various locations featuring interesting artifacts and demonstrations. Aquarium educators also conduct Q & A sessions at selected aquariums and exhibits at times listed below.

Curiosity Carts and Gallery Programs
Harbor Seals 10-10:20 & 3-3:20
Stingrays 10:30-10:45 & 3:30-3:45
Chesapeake Bay Fishes 11-11:20
Sea Turtles 1:30-1:45
River Otters 1:30-1:45
Sharks 2-2:15
Aviary 2:30-2:45

Meet a Live Animal

Educators bring out the Aquarium's Animal Ambassadors at various times during the day in the Marsh Pavilion and in Conservation Station in the Bay & Ocean Pavilion.

Meet a Live Animal
Marsh Pavilion 10-10:20 11:30-11:50 12-12:20 3:30-3:50
Conservation Station Check the Program Board upon arrival for times.

Divers in Aquariums

Our team of staff and volunteer divers do regularly scheduled maintenance in the largest aquariums. When you stop by to observe, an educator will be there to answer your questions.

Divers in Aquariums
Chesapeake Bay Aquarium Daily at 11:00; Sat & Sun at 3:00
Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium (Sea Turtles) Mondays at 3:00
Norfolk Canyon Aquarium (Sharks) Wednesdays at 4:00

Themed Days to Enhance Your Visit

On selected days throughout the year, we offer special programs and activities focused on specific themes or topics. Some are simple self-guided experiences such as scavenger hunts related to the topic of the day. Others are more elaborate and feature temporary displays, additional daily programs, hands-on activity stations, crafts, and games.

Check our Calendar of Events for upcoming Themed Days!