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.

Mascots Sandy the sea turtle and Speckles the spotted eagle ray play with a pickleball and paddles on a court.

Tournament: Saturday, June 15, 8:00am-3:00pm.

Free Beginner's Clinic: Wednesday, June 12, 6:00pm. 

Presented by The Oceanfront Inn.

Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day and the Aquarium's 38th anniversary by taking part in our first-ever pickleball fundraiser, Dink or Swim! Registrants will play in a doubles tournament at the neighboring facility Pickleball Virginia Beach to support the Virginia Aquarium Foundation. 

There will be two tournament divisions, beginner and intermediate, and a free beginner’s clinic will be offered to get warmed up before the tournament. The clinic is free for participants but limited to 20 people.

Pick a partner and sign up for $150 per team. Registration includes a free drink ticket and snacks. The first 80 registrants will receive a complimentary commemorative t-shirt pictured with the Aquarium’s very own moray eel, Pickles. Each registered participant will also be entered to win a Sharks & Sea Turtles behind-the-scenes tour at the Aquarium. Court sponsors are $250 and includes registration for a team in the tournament.

Proceeds raised at this fundraising event will support the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation to provide quality care for the Aquarium’s animals, offer educational programs, conduct research and conservation work, and operate the nationally recognized Stranding Response Program. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. 

Event Details

  • $150 per team of 2

  • $250 per team of 2 plus court sponsorship

  • 40 teams maximum for tournament.

  • Paddles and pickleballs provided.

  • Parking available at Pickleball Virginia Beach, Seatack Elementary, and the Virginia Aquarium's overflow lot, located on the north side of the pickleball courts off of General Booth Boulevard. 

  • Rain date will be announced if there is inclement weather.

  • No refunds will be given. 

Spectator Swag

Green and Black Shirts with Virginia Aquarium Dink or Swim

Support with a Dink or Swim T-Shirt

T-shirts with our moray eel Pickles are available for friends, family and spectators to purchase in two premiere colors! Proceeds support the Virginia Aquarium Foundation.

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