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  • An IMAX theater, a cafe, two gift shops, an aviary, and walking trails round out a wonderful experience for any visitor
  • We have a membership which I highly recommend for local families
  • There is always something interesting to do on a rainy, blustery, or scorching day

    • by worldtravelingmom
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      The Virginia Aquarium is a treasure trove of sealife and entertaining educational displays located at 717 General Booth Boulevard in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is a favorite of local residents for its great educational programs for toddlers, preschooler, and families. These include a weekly storytime, discovery days, and special events throughout the year such as a visit with a nautical Santa Claus.

      There are also Spring and Summer Break mini-camps to keep the little ones entertained and educationally stimulated! Special overnight stays are also a highlight for many families. My family especially enjoys the Discovery Days program for preschoolers.

      The kids get to be on


      their own with a staff teacher and do some things they would never get to do in school - touch stingrays, examine shark jaws up close, have an earthworm race…lots of fun!

      Virginia Beach is a top tourist destination, thanks in no small part to the Virginia Aquarium. Guests can visit the two aquatic centers, the Bay and Ocean Pavilion and the Marsh Pavilion, and view a huge array of sealife including sea turtles, otters, seals, sharks, stingrays, and much much more.

      There are numerous touch tanks with knowledgeable docents who provide an opportunity for upclose encounters with everything from crabs to rays. There are ...


      • also educational displays that help us learn more about how the oceans and weather work, how the native American population of Virginia once lived, how birds fly, how oysters where once harvested, how decoys are carved, and much more!

        The Virginia Aquarium also offers dolphin-watching cruises in summer and whale-watching cruises in winter as well as short cruises of the local marshes.

        These activities require a separate fee but are worth the price. My kids and I took the short cruise last summer one lazy afternoon - it was a beautiful cruise with educational activities for the kids and neat historical commentary for the adults.

        It was a nice way to spend a few hot summer hours!

        An IMAX theater, a cafe, two gift shops, an aviary, and walking trails round out a wonderful experience for any visitor. There is a full day’s worth of activities to keep any visitor thoroughly entertained at the Virginia Aquarium.

        As such the entrance fee of $11. 95 for adults and $7.

        95 for 3-11 year-olds is well worth it! We have a membership which I highly recommend for local families. There is always something interesting to do on a rainy, blustery, or scorching day!

        Here are the details: 717 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA, telephone (757) 425-FISH.




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