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.
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.
Special trips on Friday, November 23 and Monday, December 24 at 2 p.m.
Trips beginning on November 24:
More dates and times to be added beginning on December 26.
Whales & Wildlife Ticket Prices:
|Children age 3 to 11||$24.95|
|Children under age 3||No Charge|
|Aquarium members||$26 Adults; $22 Children (3-11)|
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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).
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.
Dolphin Discoveries trips will resume in March 2019.
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.
Ocean Collections public trips will resume in April 2019.
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The Aquarium, in partnership with
Rover Cruises, offers special trips during select times of the year.
Frosty Seafari, December 29 at 8 a.m.
Join a snow queen for a wondrous cruise through Owls Creek aboard the Atlantic Explorer! Discover the science magic behind ice and snow on this enchanting excursion.
Tickets are $15 for Aquarium members, $17 for non-members
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.