Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an aquarium and marine science museum located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, just south of Rudee Inlet.
The aquarium opened on June 14, 1986, as the Virginia Marine Science Museum. The focus of exhibits was on life in the rivers of Virginia, Chesapeake Bay, and the marine waters just off of Virginia. In 1996, the aquarium expanded, tripling its size.
The two main exhibit buildings of the aquarium are the Bay and Main Building and South Building. 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.
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