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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center


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. Whale watching boat trips are available from December through mid-March and Dolphin watching boat trips run from late March through October. Learn more about the Aquarium’s boat trips here.

Additionally, guests are invited to enjoy the peaceful 1/3-mile Nature Trail connecting the Main Building to the newly renovated South Building (opening Summer 2021). The trail contains an elevated tower and several decks that extend out over the water to enhance views of the marsh and osprey nesting platforms along Owl Creek. Portions of the boardwalk meander through a woodland habitat complete with pine, oak, and maple trees as well as a wide variety of native flowers. In addition to the many native woodland species, quiet visitors are bound to spot a number of land birds and marshland animals that frequent the shores of Owl Creek.

Inside, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers an inspiring, educational, and entertaining experience all tied into one featuring thousands of animals representing over 300 species. Guests are invited to enjoy interactive exhibits. For guests, schools, educators, and families the Aquarium offers an extensive array of educational programs onsite, virtually, and via outreach programs which include activities designed to foster conservation and an appreciation of local natural resources. Learn more about these programs here.

Tickets can be purchased online here and Membership packages are available here.

Eco-trips to places such as Iceland, Mexico, Costa Rica and other countries are scheduled annually. Follow the Aquarium’s social media channels (Instagram and Facebook) for announcements about future trips!



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

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

From Beach Garden Park, travel east on Kilbourne Pl, then turn left onto Holly Rd. Turn right onto Baltic Ave and continue 0.6 miles. Turn left onto 20th St. In 0.2 miles, turn right on Pacific Avenue and drive south for 1.2 miles. Continue onto General Booth Boulevard and travel southwest for 0.9 miles. The Museum is on the right.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: 757-385-FISH (3474)
  • Website
  • Access: Fee, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (as reported to eBird)

  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Common Loon
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Brown Pelican
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Bald Eagle
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • American Crow
  • Pine Warbler

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Environmental Study Area
  • Fee
  • Food
  • Accessible
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Lookout Tower
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Observation Platform