Scenic Overlook Closed for Renovations

The Scenic Overlook is closed for construction, with a new deck expected to reopen this fall. The Nature Trail between the buildings remains open.

Tours & Experiences

Added Adventures For Your Visit

Venture out onto the ocean, explore behind the scenes, meet our experts and come face to face with amazing animals.

Upcoming Events

Creek Cleanup

POSTPONED from July 13 to July 20 due to weather. Monthly | 8:00am-10:00am | North Building. Register by 12:00pm on Tuesday, April 16. Show a little love for the environment …

FantaSea Evenings

July 16 and 17 | 6:00pm-9:00pm | North Building. Dive into the magic and mystery of FantaSea Evenings at the Virginia Aquarium! Meet pirates with mischievous grins, mythical…

Shark Week

July 21-27. Sink your teeth into Shark Week at the Aquarium with jawsome activities, shark talks from our keepers, prizes, and more! Starting July 21, come celebrate sharks …

Featured Blog

Perfect Pairings: Symbiosis in the Sea

Like in human societies, great connections can be found between diverse members of the animal kingdom. Symbiotic relationships, or relationships in which two species of animals interact in a mutually beneficial way, abound in the marine environment. Take a look at a few of these unique relationships with animals found in our Aquarium!

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A loggerhead sea turtle swims close to the camera

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

The loggerhead is the most abundant species of sea turtle that nests in the United States. One of the larger species of sea turtle, the average weight of adults is around 250 pounds.

A harbor seal underwater looks back at the camera and winks.

Harbor Seal

Harbor seals are frequent visitors to our area during the winter, when they swim south from New England to escape the more frigid waters of the north.


Thousands of animals. Hundreds of species. One incredible experience.

Learn about animals from all over our blue planet, from the depths of the ocean to the rivers of the rainforest.

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