Dolphn Watching

As leaders in coastal & marine environment conservation, the Virginia Aquarium boat tours have been bringing the ocean to you since 1989.

A portion of all ticket sales supports our education, research, and conservation initiatives.

Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Join us for an unforgettable 90-minute excursion aboard the Atlantic Explorer and experience an unforgettable journey in search of Virginia's most common and charismatic marine mammal, the bottlenose dolphin. If you are ready to find adventure, make memories, and inhale the fresh air, then come let the salty ocean mist kiss your cheeks and the offshore breezes fill your lungs. Learn from our knowledgeable educators about our other Virginia coastal animals like majestic seabirds, curious sea turtles, and unique fish species. Book a tour soon, breathe deeply, and find adventure again!​

Dolphin sightings are not guaranteed and all tours are weather-dependent.

Dolphin Watching Schedule

October 1 - 24

  • 11:00am Saturday and Sunday
  • 2:00pm Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

At times our tours must be canceled. Please check our Daily Events Calendar to see if a tour is still available.

  • 2:00pm October 11; Holiday tour

At times our tours must be canceled. Please check our Daily Events Calendar to see if a tour is still available.

Dolphin Watching Tours

TICKETPUBLICMEMBERADD-ON
Adult/Senior$27.95$25.00$25.95
Child (3-11)$21.95$19.00$19.95
InfantFREEFREEFREE
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance through online-only ticketing.
  • Passengers should report to the Aquarium Boat Dock (near outdoor Seal Exhibit) at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled tour.
  • Face coverings are required for all unvaccinated passengers(2 and older) while onboard and for all passengers while inside the cabin. Face coverings are available for purchase from our gift shop.
Boat Trips

Whale Watching Boat Tours

This 2-2.5 hour tour brings you as close as possible to commonly observed species like acrobatic humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins, as well as an immense variety of seabirds and waterfowl. Tours typically run from mid-December to early March.
Whale sightings are not guaranteed and all tours are weather-dependent.

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Whale Watching Schedule

December 18-23

  • 2:00pm Daily

December 26-31 (No tours on December 24 or 25)

  • 10:00am Daily
  • 2:00pm Daily

January 1-2

  • 10:00am Daily
  • 2:00pm Daily

January 5-31

  • 10:00am Saturday & Sunday
  • 2:00pm Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

January 17

  • 2:00pm

February 1 (Tickets not yet on sale)

  • 2:00pm

February 21 (Tickets not yet on sale)

  • 2:00pm

Whale Watching Rates (Tickets will go on sale soon.)

TICKETPUBLICMEMBERADD-ON
Adult/Senior$34.95$32.95$32.95
Child (3-11)$29.95$27.95$27.95
InfantFREEFREEFREE
Group Rates
Adult/Senior | $28.00
Child (3-11) | $23.00
Infant | FREE

More tour dates will be available in February and March. Stay tuned.

Boat Quests

Make your next boat tour even more exciting with a Boat Quest. Click on the titles below to select your quest!

Know Your Nos

Boat Quest

Learn the rules of the ocean and find these signs during your tour.

Fishing birds? See if you can spot these feathered fishers during your boat tour.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have a question, be sure to visit our FAQ page for more information on Boat Tours.