​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 Schedule:​​


​2 p.m.


2 p.m.​


2 p.m.​


10 a.m.

​2 p.m.


10 a.m.​

​2 p.m.

​Special trips on January 21 and February 19 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

​Whales & Wildlife Ticket Prices:

​​Adults/ Senior$29.95
Children age 3 to 11$24.95
Children under age 3No 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). ​​​​​

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. Brown pelicans, bald eagles, and other sea birds are frequently sighted, along with sea turtles.

 ​​​Dolphin Discoveries trips will resume in March 2019.

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.

Ocean Collections public trips will resume in April 2019.

Special Trips

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

Seal Spotting Boat Trip
March 9 & 10, 2 p.m.
Seals are frequent visitors to this area when the water temperatures drop, although their favorite haul out spots can make them difficult to see. During this 2.5 hour trip, catch eye-level observations while educators from the Aquarium provide information about the species that frequent our waters. Tickets are $26 for Aquarium members and $29.95 for non-members. 

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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.​​​