Plan Your Visit To The Aquarium!
We look forward to seeing you again! The Virginia Aquarium, in coordination with state and local government and public health officials, is welcoming guests back at a limited capacity.
The health and safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals are our top priority. With this in mind, we’ve established some important and temporary changes you need to know before visiting. Please see our detailed information below and follow our social channels to stay up to date.
Aquarium members, click the button for details regarding your next visit and how to reserve space. Online reservations are required and are free to our Members.
Online reservations must be made prior to visiting the Virginia Aquarium. Guests required to reserve a date and timeslot for visit.
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.
According to the Governor's order, we will require volunteers, staff, and guests age 10 and over to wear face coverings during their visit.
One Way Paths
You'll notice new one-way paths throughout the Aquarium to ensure guests are maintaining safe distancing during visits.
From new signage demonstrating social distancing to additional hand sanitzing stations around the Aquarium, we want this to be a fun, safe time.
In addition to increased sanitation procedures for high-contact surfaces, we will not be taking reservations from 1 to 2 p.m. daily for thorough deep cleaning and sanitizing.
Food at the Aquarium
The Cafe and Snack Stand will be temporarily closed during wave one opening.
Events at the Aquarium
Some interactive exhibits, presentations, public feedings, behind the scenes tours, private events, summer camps, and school group visits will be unavailable during wave one opening.
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
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There will be limited capacity every 15 minutes. Guests must purchase tickets online, prior to arrival. Guests will choose a time to come to the Virginia Aquarium and must arrive within that time slot to gain entry. Virginia Aquarium members will also have to reserve a time slot online prior to arrival.
The Aquarium will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online reservations are required. No reservations will be available 1 to 2 p.m. daily for thorough cleaning of the Aquarium.
Please bring your ticket, either on your phone or printed, and your membership card/I.D. if applicable. Tickets will be scanned (touch-free process) in the lobby for entry. Aquarium staff and volunteers will be wearing face coverings for your protection. Face coverings are also required for guests 10+ for your protection and others’ protection, according to the state mandate.
No early entry will be permitted. The Aquarium is limiting capacity to allow for social distancing in our exhibit areas. Guests will be admitted based on their designated 15 minute time slot and can arrive any time during their reserved time. Late arrivals must be considered on a case-by-case basis for safety.
Guests 10+ will be required to wear a face covering according to state mandate. Please bring your own face covering. Face coverings will be available for purchase from the Aquarium store, as well.
Yes, we have made some alterations to the overall experience for the health and safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals. The number of guests allowed in the Aquarium will be limited. There will be one-way paths designated so that all guests can practice social distancing (keeping six feet of space between groups). We will require all ticket purchases to be made online. High-contact areas will be sanitized frequently and no reservations will be taken from 1 to 2 p.m. every day for a deep cleaning during the day. Touch Pools will be available for viewing only.
The theater and café will not be available to minimize gatherings of people as much as possible. Also, there is currently no changing exhibit. The Aquarium’s Ray Touch Pool and Chesapeake Bay Touch Pool will be available for viewing only, no touching permitted. All scheduled animal feedings, behind-the-scenes tours, and presentations will be temporarily unavailable. Some interactive experiences will be unavailable. The Aquarium store and Nature Trail will be open as of now. Please note these are temporary changes for the safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals.
The Aquarium will implement several procedures, including the following:
- Greatly reducing guest capacity in the Aquarium at one time by offering timed ticketing for our guests and Members.
- Increased sanitation procedures for high-traffic areas and high-contact surfaces in the Aquarium.
- Additional hand sanitizing stations available throughout the Aquarium.
- Restricting the use of some areas and experiences that do not allow for social distancing.
- Implementing a one-way path throughout the Aquarium.
- Complying with all state and local regulations concerning COVID-19, including guests 10+, staff and volunteers wearing face coverings.
Parking is free at the Virginia Aquarium.
Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow from Guest Services with a valid photo ID, which will be returned upon return of the wheelchair at the completion of your visit. Guests may also use their personal manual or motorized wheelchair in the buildings and on the Nature Trail. Please note that the boat dock and boats are only accessible to manual wheelchairs. We are happy to assist anyone needing to transfer from a motorized chair to a manual.
Yes, bathrooms will be open and available throughout the Aquarium. We encourage guests to maintain social distancing and wash their hands thoroughly. We encourage that last one regardless of a pandemic.
Due to our limited capacity, we will not be allowing re-entry throughout the day. Your timed ticket will be the only entry permitted per purchase.