​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.​

Dolphin Discoveries     

Join us for 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.

May 1-24 schedule:​​ 


​2 p.m.


2 p.m.​


2 p.m.​


11 a.m.

​2 p.m.

4:30 p.m.


11 a.m.

2 p.m.​


Dolphin Discoveries Ticket Prices:

​​Adults/ Senior$22.95 (or $20.95 added on to regular admission)
Children age 3 to 11$16.95 (or $14.95 added on to regular admission)
Children under age 3No Charge
Aquarium members$20 Adults; $14 Children (3-11)
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). ​​​​​

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.

Special Trip: May 18, 9 a.m.

Public Trips​ Beginning June 19:


​1 p.m.

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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, bottlenose dolphins, as well as an immense variety of seabirds and waterfowl. Other species that migrate into our coastal waters include fin whales, minke whales, critically endangered right whales, harbor porpoises, and harbor seals. Trips typically run from late November to early March.

​Whales & Wildlife Ticket Prices:

​​Adults/ Senior $29.95
Children age 3 to 11 $24.95
Children under age 3 No Charge
Aquarium members $26 Adults; $22 Children (3-11)
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). ​​​​​

​Special Trips

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

Craft Brews Cruise
All trips depart at 7 p.m.
Enjoy the sunset over the water aboard the Atlantic Explorer  for a Craft Brews Cruise, brought to you by our Sensible Seafood partner, Hoffman Beverage.  Indulge in some of the area's best craft beers during this two hour cruise.  Snacks will be available for purchase onboard.  A valid photo ID is required at check-in for this 21 and over event and boarding will begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • May 17 - O'Connor Brewing Co.
  • June 14 - O'Connor Brewing Co.
  • July 19 - Bold Mariner Brewing Company
  • August 16 - O'Connor Brewing Co.
  • September 13 - Bold Mariner Brewing Company

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Mermaid Seafari
​​All trips depart at 9 a.m.

Dive into the depths of the wonder of Owls Creek during a 60-minute cruise with some magical visitors from under the sea: mermaids! Reservations required as space is limited for this enchanting excursion.

  • June 19
  • July 17
  • August 14

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Fireworks Cruise​
​​July 4, 8:30 p.m.

View fireworks without the crowds and from a unique vantage point: aboard the Atlantic Explorer! This special cruise departs the Virginia Aquarium at 8:30 p.m. and returns to the dock after the show is over. Tickets are $42.95 for Aquarium members and $44.95 for non-members.​​

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Have a general boat trip question about the boat, what to wear, or when you should arrive? Take a look at the frequently asked questions here.​​​​