In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Aquarium, in coordination with government and public health officials, is welcoming guests in a limited capacity. The health and safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals are our top priority, and we have established some important procedures you need to know before visiting.


COVID-19 Safety procedures


Timed Tickets

We will have limited capacity for the first wave of opening. Choose your date and time and get ready for some fun! Please note there will be no re-entry after leaving the Aquarium.
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Member Admission

Aquarium Members, while your visits are always free with your active membership, online reservations are required.

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Face Coverings

Per the Governor's order, we will require volunteers, staff, and guests age 5 and over to wear face coverings during their visit. Per the President's order, all passengers 2 and over aboard boat trips must wear face coverings.

One Way Paths

You'll notice new one-way paths throughout the Aquarium to ensure guests are maintaining safe distancing during visits.

Additional Measures

From new signage demonstrating social distancing to additional hand sanitzing stations around the Aquarium, we want this to be a fun, safe time.

Thorough Cleaning

We are continually maintaining all surfaces and Aquarium spaces with regular cleaning and sanitizing.

Food at the Aquarium

The Cafe and Snack Stand are temporarily closed.

Events at the Aquarium

Some interactive exhibits, presentations, public feedings, behind the scenes tours, private events, summer camps, and school group visits are currently unavailable.
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3D Theater

The Virginia Aquarium 3D Theater is closed to the public.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please select the tab below based on the questions you may have pertaining to our new safety procedures. If you have additional questions, please visit the Contact Us page. We can't wait to see soon!