Add LIFE to Your Event.

The Virginia Aquarium is the perfect place for a truly unique private event. Call Cecelia Campbell  (757) 385-0306 or email her at for more information. Site visits are by appointment only.

Click here for the Private Event fee schedule.

Bay & Ocean Pavilion

We offer a selection of rooms for evening events. Mix and match rooms to fit your venue - or rent the entire Bay & Ocean Pavilion and amaze up to 1,200 guests for a memorable event!

Promenade Room

The McLeskey Promenade Room features  40-foot-tall windows overlooking Owls Creek for a unique venue for your wedding, family gathering or business reception. At 1,560 square feet, the McLeskey Promenade Room accommodates 120 people seated around dancing area. Additional guests may be accommodated for a standing reception.

Sharks & Sea Turtles Gallery

For a unique experience, enjoy dinner with the sharks, stroll by the sea turtles, or spend some private time with our octopus and jellies. The Sharks & Sea Turtles Gallery, located next to the Promenade Room, accommodates up to 50 guests for dinner or 300 for a standing reception.

Restless Planet Gallery

Include this spectacular exhibit in your event! Komodo dragons, a rare crocodile, hedgehogs, and the 100,000-gallon Red Sea walk-through aquarium will delight up to 350 guests.

Virginia Aquarium Giant Screen Theater

Great for a speaking engagement, presentation or after-hours showing of one of our movies, the theater seats nearly 260 people.

Owls Creek Nature Path

Marsh Overlook

Approximately half-way along the Owls Creek Nature Path, this lovely outdoor area can be tented or left open-air for an early evening wedding ceremony, reception, garden party or musical recital for up to 150.


Other Opportunities

Atlantic Explorer

Our 65-foot catamaran, the Atlantic Explorer, is a great venue for casual office parties, family reunions, birthdays, receptions and more. Up to 120 guests can relax and mingle while enjoying the sights of Owl’s Creek, Lake Rudee, Rudee Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean.


Diver Greetings

Surprise a loved one by having our in-water diver hold up a sign with your personalized message. It makes a marriage proposal or baby announcement very memorable!