As leaders in coastal and marine environmental conservation, research, and preservation, the Virginia Aquarium boat trips bring the ocean to you. Since 1989, our boat trips have been staffed by knowledgeable marine educators engaging in responsible viewing practices, research, and conservation.
A portion of all ticket sales supports our education, research, and conservation initiatives.
Dolphin Discoveries - Dolphin Watching Tour
Join us for an unforgettable 90-minute excursion aboard the Atlantic Explorer in search of Virginia's most common and charismatic marine mammal, the bottlenose dolphin. Brown pelicans, bald eagles, and other sea birds are frequently sighted, along with sea turtles.
***Dolphin Watching Tours are postponed until the Aquarium reopens to the public ***
May 23 - June 12 Schedule:
Mon. - Fri.||
Dolphin Discoveries Ticket Prices:
$22.95 (or $20.95 added on to regular admission)|
Children age 3 to 11||
$16.95 (or $14.95 added on to regular admission)|
Children under age 3||
$20 Adults; $14 Children (3-11)|
Purchase a ticket!
All trips are subject to boating conditions, but will not be canceled due to precipitation. Once you have purchased tickets, you can confirm trip status by calling (757) 385-FISH (3474).
Curious about what lives in our coastal ocean waters? Take this 75-minute cruise with Aquarium educators to collect a variety of local fish and marine invertebrates and observe them up close aboard the boat. Watch as they work the trawl net and pull up discoveries that may include seahorses, stingrays, blue crabs, keyhole urchins, and jellies, and then release the animals back into the ocean. No trips currenlty scheduled.
The Aquarium, in partnership with Rover Cruises, offers special trips during select times of the year.
Whales & Wildlife
This 2-2.5 hour trip in search of whales, dolphins, seals, and seabirds brings you as close as possible to commonly observed species like acrobatic humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, as well as an immense variety of seabirds and waterfowl. Other species that migrate into our coastal waters include fin whales, minke whales, critically endangered right whales, harbor porpoises, and harbor seals. Trips typically run from late November to early March. The Atlantic Explorer features a comfortable heated cabin, bathrooms, and snack bar with food and drinks available for purchase.
Have a general boat trip question about the boat, what to wear, or when you should arrive? Take a look at the frequently asked questions here.