Things To See At The Virginia Aquarium

Things To See At The Virginia Aquarium

The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is an aquarium and marine science museum that is located in Virginia Beach. It is located just south of the Rudee Inlet. There is over 800,000 gallons of saltwater and fresh water exhibits to see at the aquarium. With more than 12,000 animals and more than 700 species there is no shortage of things to see at the Virginia aquarium.

The aquarium is made up of two main buildings and several smaller buildings. The Bay, Ocean and Marsh Pavilions. The two main buildings are connected by a one-third mile outdoor nature trail that runs alongside of the Owls Creek Salt Marsh. Combined the buildings house more than 12,000 animals with more than 700 species.

Bay and Ocean Pavilion
The displays in these pavilions attempt to show the journey of water from the rivers of Virginia through the Chesapeake Bay and then out into the Ocean. The restless planet display is meant to show the forces that shaped Virginia.

Chesapeake Bay Aquarium
The Chesapeake Bay Aquarium has a touch pool where visitors can get hands-on with different animals. They get to touch horseshoe crabs, Forbes sea stars and whelk among other animals. The remainder of the exhibit showcases species that dwell in shallow waters like hermit crabs, spider crabs and feather blennies.

Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium
This is a tanke that holds roughly 70,000 gallons of water. It is meant to replicate the under water environment off the coast of Virginia. In this tank you will see species like Kemp’s ridley sea turtles along with Atlantic spadefish and other fish that live off the coast of Virginia.

Restless Planet
This part of the aquarium is made up of four displays. It has hands-on exhibits that show how the Virginian landscape was shaped into what it is today. When visiting this part of the aquarium you will see Komodo Dragons, cuttlefish, spotted eagle rays and tomistomas.

Marsh Pavillion
In the Marsh pavilion you will see marsh creatures like North American River Otters, snakes and seahorses. This is also the Research and Conservation branch of the aquarium so you will see animals that are being rehabilitated like seals, dolphins, whales and sea turtles.

The aquarium also has an aviary so visitors can see different species of birds. The aviary houses roughly 70 birds of about 30 different species. This includes a great horned owl, turkey vultures Brown pelicans, ruddy ducks and much more. Many of the birds in the aviary are injured and they are being rehabilitated.

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