For a private affair, rent either the Bay & Ocean Pavilion (1,200 people) or the Marsh Pavilion (350 people), or both!
Dine, relax or discuss business in this amazing room. Forty-foot-tall windows overlooking Owls Creek, a scenic deck and prime location next to our shark and sea turtle galleries make this room one-of-a-kind. At 1,560 square feet, the Promenade accommodates 120 seated around optional dance floor, more for a standing reception.
Sharks & Sea Turtles
Two of our most popular exhibits can be the focal point of your event. Have dinner with the sharks, stroll by the sea turtles and enjoy some private time with our octopus and jellyfish. Accommodates up to 300 reception-style. Ask about adding Sharks & Sea Turtles to your Promenade Room rental.
3D IMAX® Theater
View movies during your event, entertain the children, show a slide presentation on the six-story screen, or put on a live show for your guests. An IMAX® movie library is available to choose from, or book one of our current documentary features. Accommodates 300 people.
Outdoor Wildflower Garden & Owls Creek Deck
This lovely outdoor area along Owls Creek can be tented or left open-air for a charming wedding ceremony and/or reception, garden party or musical recital for up to 150. Located next to the Virginia Aquarium's award-winning wildflower garden.
Located on the southern portion of the Aquarium's campus and adjoining the Nature Trail, the Marsh Pavilion is a venue like no other. Your guests or colleagues will delight in the Macro Marsh, a bugs-eye view of the salt marsh. Accommodates 350 for standing reception, and includes an 88-seat private theater for presentations.
For a company barbecue or family reunion, don't forget about our outdoor facilities. Our covered, 1880-square-foot picnic area is located right outside the Marsh Pavilion and holds up to 100 people. It's the perfect spot to enjoy your event in the natural beauty of our Certified Wildlife Habitat. Ask your event coordinator about all-day rentals along with Aquarium group admission.
The classroom holds up to 75 people and is located in the Bay & Ocean Pavilion. It has AV capabilities for meetings, parties and creative workshops. It's where we hold our fun-filled and educational birthday parties!
For your lecture or classroom group of up to 88, the Interactive Theater in the Marsh Pavilion is the ideal presentation venue. A large retractable screen and laptop-ready AV capabilities are great for slide shows or movies. Add an animal program to get your audience talking!
Impress clients or colleagues in this miniature version of the Promenade Room. Up to 15 can be seated around the conference table with the "million-dollar view" of Owls Creek. Audio-visual, meal and break service are also available in this room.
Coastal Foyer & Restless Planet Gallery
Our newest exhibits make your event the hit of the season! Located in the Journey of Water, the Coastal Foyer overlooks the animals and birds of the Upland River Gallery. Interactive exhibits, Komodo dragons, hedgehogs, and a 100,000-gallon Red Sea walk-through aquarium will delight up to 350 guests.
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