​​​​​​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.​


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.

​​Winter 2018 Schedule:

January 2 - March 4, 2018
Wed 2 p.m.
Thur 2 p.m.
Fri 2 p.m.
Sat10 a.m.2 p.m.
Sun10 a.m.2 p.m.
Special Holiday Trip
Monday, February 1910 a.m.2 p.m.

Whales & Wildlife Ticket Prices:

Children age 3 to 11$24
Children under age 3No Charge
Aquarium members receive$2 off
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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. Bown pelicans, bald eagles, and other sea birds are frequently sighted, along with sea turtles.

​​Spring 2018 Schedule:

March 17 - April 20, 2018
Wed 2 p.m.
Fri 2 p.m.
Sat11 a.m.2 p.m.
Sun11 a.m.2 p.m.
Special Spring Break Trip
April 2-7, 2018 (daily)2 p.m.4:30 p.m.

Dolphin Discoveries Ticket Prices:

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.

Ocean Collections Ticket Prices:

Children age 3 to 11$16
Children under age 3No Charge
Aquarium members receive$2 off​
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Special Trips

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

Seal Spotting Sea Adventure​​​​​​​

Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11, 2 pm

Catch eye-level observations of seals while learning about the species that frequent our waters, and the most recent research conducted by the Virginia Aquarium's Stranding Response Program. Tickets are $28 per adult; $24 per child ages 3-11; children 2 and under are free; and Aquarium members receive $2 off.

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Sea Fairy Creek Cruise​​​​​​​

Saturday, April 7, 9:30 am

Discover the magic of Owls Creek on a 6-minute nature xploration 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

Don't miss your chance to take a cruise aboard the Atlantic Explorer and enjoy craft brews from local breweries. Tickets are $33 for Aquarium members and $35 for non-members. The Summer 2018 schedule is coming soon!

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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.​