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The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, formerly known as the Virginia Marine Science Museum, is an aquarium and marine science … See more

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Oct 8, 2022
A lot of fun with options for everyone from the timid to the thrill seeker. Staff is fantastic and always there to help when you need it. Full review by jmlitch99
Sep 9, 2022
A very well run, safe, and super fun experience! My 8 yo and I did this together and loved it! Suitable for older or younger. Many challenges to meet your comfort level. And as someone who’s rock cli… Full review by Dream31856566828
Aug 16, 2022
We've done a few of these types of parks before and always enjoy them. The Adventure Park definitely ranks up there with the best. If you purchased your ticket online and signed the waiver electronic… Full review by BPD171

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An Aquarium and Marine Science Museum
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, formerly known as the Virginia Marine Science Museum, is an aquarium and marine science museum located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, just south of Rudee Inlet. The exhibits at the museum are contained in over 800,000 US gallons of fresh and saltwater displays. History On November 21st, 2009, the Virginia Aquarium opened a 12,000 square feet series of exhibits called "Restless Planet". The $25 million renovation designed by Chermayeff & Poole of Boston includes four habitats: Malaysian Peat Swamp, Coastal Sahara Desert, Red Sea, and Indonesia's Flores Island and doubled the number of species displayed by the aquarium. Some of the new animals include Komodo dragons, tomistomas, spotted eagle rays, and cuttlefish. Exhibits The two main exhibit buildings of the aquarium are the Bay and Ocean Pavilion and the Marsh Pavilion. The two are connected by a one-third mile outdoor nature trail running alongside Owls Creek Salt Marsh. Together the two buildings are home to more than 12,000 animals representing over 700 species. Bay and Ocean Pavilion The Bay and Ocean Pavilion houses displays intended to show the journey of water from the rivers of Virginia, through the Chesapeake Bay, and out into the ocean. The Restless Planet part of the displays are intended to show the forces that shaped Virginia. Chesapeake Bay Aquarium The Chesapeake Bay Aquarium starts with a touch pool where visitors can touch horseshoe crabs, Forbes’ sea stars, and whelk. The rest of the exhibit showcases species that live in the shallow waters around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel including hermit crabs, spider crabs, and feather blennies. Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium The 70,000-US-gallon Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium replicates the underwater environment of up to about 15 miles off the coast of Virginia, and is home to loggerhead, green, and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles along with many fish including Atlantic spadefish, a large Goliath grouper, triple tail, cobia, lookdown fish, and permits. Restless Planet Restless planet includes four immersive displays, and new hands-on exhibits intended to show the forces that shaped the Virginia landscape into what it is today. Some of the animals in these exhibits include Komodo dragons, tomistomas, spotted eagle rays, and cuttlefish.
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