​​​​​​​​​​​​​​WhaleSense2018.gif​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​As leaders in coastal and marine environmental conservation, research, and preservation, the Virginia Aquarium's Sea Adventures 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 support our education, research and conservation initiatives.​

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​​Dolphin Discoveries

Join us this spring, summer, and fall on 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.

​​Spring 2018 Schedule:

​​March 17 - April 30, 2018
Wed​ 2 p.m.
Fri 2 p.m.
Sat​11 a.m. 2 p.m
Sun​11 a.m.2 p.m
May 1 - 25, 2018 ​ ​
​Tue​2 p.m.
​Wed​2 p.m.
​Fri​2 p.m.
​Sat11 a.m.​​​2 p.m.​4:30 p.m.
​Sun​11 a.m.​2 p.m.

Dolphin Discoveries Ticket Prices:

Adults$22
Children age 3 to 11$16
Children under age 3No Charge
Aquarium members receive$2 off
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Ocean Collections

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.

Spring 2018 Schedule:

Spring 2018
Saturday, April 14 9 a.m.
Saturday, May 12 9 a.m.
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Ocean Collections Ticket Prices:

​​Adults$22
Children age 3 to 11$16
Children under age 3No Charge
Aquarium members receive$2 off​
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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, fin whales, minke whales, critically endangered right whales, bottlenose dolphins, harbor porpoises, and harbor seals, as well as an immense variety of seabirds and waterfowl.

​​Join us when trips resume in November 2018!​

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Special Trips

The Aquarium, in partnership with Rover Cruises, offers special trips during select times of the year. ​


Sea Fairy Creek Cruise​​​​​​​

Saturday, April 28, 9:30 am

Discover the magic of Owls Creek on a​ 60-minute nature exploration led by Tansy and Fern, our resident fairies! Tickets are $15 for Aquarium members and $17 for on-members.​

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Craft Brews Cruise​​​​​​​

Friday, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 14, 7 pm

Enjoy sunset over the water on the Atlantic Explorer ​for our 2018 series of Craft Brews Cruises. During these two hour trips, you will be treated to craft brews from local breweries as part of our Sensible Seafood Program partnership. Tickets are $33 for Aquarium members and $35 for non-members. 

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Mermaid Seafari​​​​​​​

Wednesday, June 20, July 18, August 15, 9 am

Dive into the wonder of Owls Creek during a 60 minute cruise with some magical visitors from under the sea: mermaids! Reservations are required as space is limited for this enchanting excursion. Tickets are $23 for Aquarium members and $27 for non-members. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about the boat, what to wear, or when you should arrive? Take a look at the frequently asked questions here.​