Construction Notice: Seal Perimeter Fence

As of April 18, our team is installing fencing around the perimeter of our seal exhibit for the seals’ safety and to comply with USDA regulations. The exhibit will remain accessible during normal operating hours for visitors to observe our seals, and work is expected to be completed within a few weeks.

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

Virginia Aquarium Golf Classic

Grab your clubs and your golfing buddies for this fundraiser at Heron Ridge Golf Club on May 8, brought to you by our title sponsor, Rivers Casino Portsmouth! $1,000 Dolphin …

Sensory Friendly Morning

Second Saturday of the month | 7:30am-9:00am | North Building. Families that have members with different abilities are invited to visit the Aquarium in a calm, comfortable, s…

Earth Friendly for Earth Day

Planet vs. Plastic

This year’s Earth Day theme is Planet vs. Plastic, highlighting the impact plastic use has on the environment and how to mitigate the impact of plastic waste for a cleaner, healthier world. Read our latest blog post to learn about some simple ways you can play for Team Planet and combat plastic!

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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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