The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center includes more
than 800,000 gallons of aquariums, housing thousands of animals and fish from over 300 species. The Bay and Ocean Pavilion, with exhibits that follow Virginia waters from the rivers to the depths of the sea, contains the world’s largest collection of Chesapeake Bay fishes. Other exhibits include sea turtles, harbor seals, river otters, komodo dragons, crocodiles, sharks and more. In the Restless Planet exhibit hall you can create volcanoes and simulate the formation of Chesapeake Bay by asteroid impact 35 million years ago. Touchtanks bring sand tiger sharks, cownose rays, and other sea creatures up close and personal.
The two buildings of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center are joined by a nature trail through a salt marsh. Exhibits along the trail include an observation tower with views of osprey nests.
The National Geographic 3D Theater shows nature documentaries on a six-story high screen. Combination tickets are available.
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers a number of special programs including behind the scenes tours of the harbor seal and sea turtle facilities. Special cruises take visitors to spot dolphins in the summer and whales in the winter, when juvenile humpbacks visit the local waters.