Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
- Type: Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The Virginia Aquarium, located about two miles inland from the shoreline, features more than 200 marine exhibits, including touch pools where the kids can discover what horseshoe crabs and stingrays feel like. One TripAdvisor user says, "We enjoyed this museum. They have a nice collection of hands on models." The aquarium also features an IMAX theater (for an extra fee) that further educates and entertains visitors.
The unique location of the aquarium adjacent to the Owl Creek salt marsh wildlife habitat gives it the most noteworthy exhibit. After you've toured the animals and taken everything in, head outside of the main building and prepare for a .3-mile nature hike through the marsh. If your footwear is inappropriate, you can take a cruise down the creek to see the area from a different perspective. Here, you'll see more animals up close and personal.
If you have the time (and extra cash), writers recommend taking a dolphin or whale-watching cruise. Availability depends on the season.