Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Description

The Virginia Aquariums’s guided boat trips present the area’s best opportunity to get on the water and view its marine mammals and seabirds. Whales & Wildlife boat trips are available from December through mid-March and Dolphin Discoveries boat trips run from late March through October. Learn more about the Aquarium’s boat trips here.

Additionally, the Aquarium has a 1/3 mile Nature Trail that connects its two buildings. The trail contains an elevated tower and several decks that extend out over the water to enhance views of the marsh and the osprey nesting platforms. Portions of the boardwalk meander through pine/oak/maple woodland, where a number of land birds occur.

Inside, the Aquarium features over 10,000 animals representing over 350 species and a demonstration oyster reef. They have interactive exhibits, an active series of educational programs, summer camps, and activities designed to foster conservation and appreciation of local natural resources. Learn more about these programs here.

Eco-trips to places such as Iceland, Mexico, Costa Rica and other countries are scheduled annually.

Admission Fees: $22 (adult), $15 (children), $20 (senior)

Whales & Wildlife Boat Trip Fees: $28 (adult), $24 (children), $28 (senior)

An optional stop nearby:

Before or after your visit to the Aquarium, you may want to consider stopping by the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum (1113 Atlantic Avenue). Although, not a formal site on the VBWT, it does offer wildlife viewing opportunities for birders and other wildlife enthusiasts. The museum is located in the de Witt Cottage, which is the oldest remaining structure on the City’s oceanfront. Visitors can view the museum’s art and artifacts that document migratory wildfowl that pass through Eastern Virginia or relax in the surrounding native seaside garden as they watch dolphins offshore or a variety of birds that visit the area.

Directions

Physical Address: 717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

From the Previous Site on the Seashore to Cypress Loop of the VBWT:

From Francis Land History Park, travel east for 0.9 miles on US 58/Virginia Beach Boulevard. Turn right on Lynnhaven Parkway/SR 414 and drive southwest for 0.5 miles. Turn left on the ramp and proceed east for 0.3 miles onto I-264. Continue on I-264 east for 4.9 miles. At the end of I-264, turn right on Pacific Avenue and drive south for 1.3 miles. Bear right onto General Booth Boulevard at the end of Pacific Avenue and travel southwest for 0.6 miles. The Museum is on the right.