Visitors Grabbing Food at the Cafe

Our Cafés

Brought to you by Gourmet Gang, our cafés are open from 10:00am until 3:00pm daily. Enjoy fresh menu items from pizza, pretzels, and rotating specials to salads, sandwiches, and sweets. Guests can enjoy both quick-service and grab-and-go options before or after their visit through our exhibits! 

We accept credit and debit cards only. No outside food is permitted in the exhibits. Thank you for your understanding.


Patrons seated in Mermaid Bay Cafe

Mermaid Bay Café

Located in the North Building to the left of the entrance to the Nature Trail, at the back of the large lobby foyer.

The Otter Bay Cafe.

Otter Bay Café

Located in the South Building in front of the Otter Exhibit and the Gift Store.

Our Stores

Our stores are open daily from 9:00am until 5:00pm daily. From science-themed toys to beautiful handmade gifts, we have the perfect souvenir for guests of any age. If you need to reach someone in the store, please call (757) 385-0321.


Parent and child guests in North Building Store

North Building Store

Located at the end of the exhibit galleries, near the lobby and main entrance.

The South Building Gift Store.

South Building Store

Located across from the Otter Bay Café and Otter Exhibit, near the main entrance.

A parent and their child pose in the Reflections Gallery wearing AquaEras Tour shirts.

Featured Item - AquaEras Tour Shirts

Head SWIFT-ly to our North Building Store for your AquaEras Tour t-shirts, available in adult and kids sizes!

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