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Tie the knot under the sea!

Make your day unforgettable at the Virginia Aquarium.

Imagine your wedding against the background of blue water, colorful fish, and animals of all kinds. Our exclusive in-house caterer offers a wide array of delectable cuisine and our professional staff provides the personal attention required to make your day truly memorable.

Aquarium Venues

You can rent the entire Main Building! We offer a selection of rooms for evening events. Mix and match rooms to fit your needs, or rent the entire Main Building, and amaze up to 2,500 guests!

The Promenade Room features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Owls Creek, a scenic deck, and a prime location next to our shark and sea turtle galleries. This one-of-a-kind room is perfect for a wedding ceremony or rocking reception. At 1,560 square feet, the Promenade Room accommodates up to 120 guests seated around a dancing area, with additional guests accommodated for a standing reception.

The Promenade

For a truly unique experience, enjoy dinner with the sharks, stroll by the sea turtles, or spend some private time with our jellies. The Sharks & Sea Turtles Gallery, located adjacent to the Promenade Room, is perfect for a buffet reception or intimate dinner in front of the 3-story tall shark aquarium, and ideal for mingling while enjoying two of the Aquarium's iconic residents. This space accommodates up to 50 guests for dinner or 300 for a standing reception.

Sharks and Turtles Wedding

Include this spectacular exhibit in your event. Komodo dragons, rare crocodiles, and the walkthrough Red Sea Tunnel will delight up to 350 guests.

Owls Creek Deck offers a unique backdrop of Nature's beauty for your ceremony, leaving guests in awe. Approximately halfway along the Nature Trail, this lovely outdoor area can be tented or left open-air for an early evening wedding ceremony, reception, garden party, or musical recital for up to 200 guests.

Owls Creek Deck

Our 65-foot catamaran, the Atlantic Explorer, is a great venue for casual office parties, family reunions, birthdays, receptions, and more. Up to 120 guests can relax and mingle while enjoying the sights of Owls Creek, Lake Rudee, Rudee Inlet, and the Atlantic Ocean.