**During Wave One of reopening, educators will be on exhibit to answer your questions, but touching animals in Touch Pool exhibits will not be permitted.**
If you are visiting for the first time or the 50th, why not try something new! Get interactive and try our Guest Quests during your Aquarium visit!
- Harbor Seals
- Restless Planet:
- Komodo Dragons
- Red Sea Tunnel
- Tomistoma Crocodiles
- Light Tower Aquarium with sea turtles
- Norfolk Canyon Aquarium featuring sharks
- Ray Touch Pool
- Chesapeake Bay Aquarium
The South Building is currently closed for renovations. To learn more about what you can expect when the building reopens, please visit our blog here.
Enjoy this 1/3 mile walk along scenic Owls Creek. With outlook posts and sweeping views of the protected salt marsh, the Nature Trail is a beautiful walk through the woods.
Oysters provide a valuable resource to the marine environment, improving the water quality and serving as a protective habitat for juvenile fish and other animals.
In mid-2015, a demonstration oyster reef was created at the Aquarium and stocked with over 18,000 juvenile oysters raised by Old Donation Center School, Princess Anne Middle School, and New Castle Elementary School. The oyster reef includes an intertidal section with 30 feet of natural oyster shell, 30 feet of oyster castles, and 30 feet of undisturbed mud flat, as well as a large subtidal section of natural shell bounded by a fringing reef of mounded shells.
You can see our oyster reef, which also offers a unique educational experience, from the scenic overlook on the Nature Trail.
Special thanks to the
Rudee Inlet Foundation for funding the oyster reef project, and to
Lynnhaven River Now and the Crystal Club for their help and support with design and installation.