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Wallkill, New York
September 20, 2007
The aquarium was 10 minutes from the beach house on Sandbridge beach and 10 minutes from Virginia Beach. General Booth Blvd. leads you directly into the Virginia Beach strip.I found that the aquarium was one of the less expensive things to do at Virginia Beach. It was about $12 for adult admission and $8 for kids from 3 to 11 years old. Admission for the IMAX theatre was extra. We did not go to the IMAX theatre. The aquarium was plenty for our bunch.This is a great place if you have curious kids who love to see fish and animals of the ocean. You can spend several hours at this museum. It consists of two buildings and a nature trail that connects the two. Starting off with the Marsh Pavilion would be best because Bay Ocean Pavilion is more interesting and fun for the kids. The saying "save the best for last" is always true.The Marsh Pavilion consisted of exhibits of life that lived in Marshes of course! Snakes, lizards, otters, and plants are among the few. They had magnifying glasses to see these critters up close. Kids love that. As soon as you walk in on the right there is a discovery room and an otter exhibit. My kids enjoyed these a lot. The otter were very active and playful. Later that day my 5 year old son practiced swimming in the pool like an otter. Just twisting and turning and doing what the otter do. It was cute. The nature trail connecting the buildings was long so wear comfortable shoes. It is a beautiful trail with views of the bay. There’s plenty of photo opportunity. There is a setup of an Indian teepee somewhere in the middle. My Kids loved that. They love to explore and touch everything! (I guess most kids do). The really cool exhibits were in the bay/ocean building. There were sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays. The kids got to feed a horseshoe crab. They turned it upside down and let the kids drop food in its mouth. The kids watched in awe as it used its arms to find the food and move it into its mouth. Check out my pictures! There is a fun submarine near the shark exhibit. There are a ton of buttons in this thing. The buttons do nothing, but every kid in that place loved to press them all. It’s so funny to watch. I had to drag my kids out of this submarine. We did not eat at the museum. The food did not look spectacular. Save your money and drive 10 minutes to a great Virginia Beach restaurant instead. I recommend Mahi Mah’s. Yum!
From journal Sandbridge Beach Vacation
June 10, 2007
From journal Family Vacation in Virginia Beach
Riverview, New Brunswick
October 2, 2006
The first 3D IMAX movie is shown at 10:15; we chose to see "Deep Sea" which lasts 45 minutes and alternates with a movie called "Sharks". You can see both 3D features… the second costs an extra $5. The movie was our favourite part of the whole experience; we found it both remarkable and entertaining.
Following the film, we ventured into the aquarium. There seemed to be an inordinate number of children under the age of five; we had arrived during Dolphin Days and a lot of things had been set up for them, but really, this is a wonderful place to bring your children anytime. There are two pavilions… the pavilion with the IMAX theatre is the Bay and Ocean Pavilion. Its exhibits include a harbour seal tank, a shark tank and a sea turtle tank. The latter contained three rather shy turtles and a number of moon fish and other species. The largest tank is the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium which contains a considerable number of the species native to the area. Children are probably most entertained by the ray tank; most of the rays are cow-nosed rays and they don’t seem to mind being petted.
The second pavilion, the Marsh Pavilion, is at the end of a 15 minute nature trail that winds through woodland and marsh. While there is much to learn in the aquarium, the marsh pavilion provides an excellent teaching platform. It offers a macromarsh (stalks of grass several inches in circumference, a 6 inch horsefly etc.) and a micromarsh (equipment to magnify minuscule objects). There are also otters, an aviary, snake exhibits, crabs and turtles and more… a complete investigation of a marsh habitat and its importance.
Over the years, we have visited a number of aquariums and as aquariums go, this may not be world-class. Coupled with the IMAX theatre, the nature walk and the marsh pavilion, however, it is a complete and satisfactory experience. You’ll also find a cafeteria and there are gift shops in both pavilions. Your visit will probably take about 2 ½ hours if you see a movie. It is Virginia Beach’s leading attraction, is close to the beaches and is accessible by the trolley.
From journal Wasting Away in Virginia Beach
July 17, 2006
From journal Weekend Getaway
April 12, 2005
We went in early March, so it was a little cold outside, but the museum has a trail outside leading from the museum to another building that's included in the price. The trail leads you through the forest, so you can see some animals out there too probably.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone going to Virginia Beach, especially families with kids. Also, check out Naticus Museum. I heard it was really nice, but didn't get a chance to go. The tickets for the Marine Museum were sold at little shops along the boardwalk at a lower price than at the museum, so buy there!
From journal Spring Break in Virginia Beach
June 5, 2004
From journal Late Winter in Virginia Beach
November 26, 2003
From journal VA Beach Get-Away
September 21, 2003
From journal first trip to virgina
June 4, 2003
From journal Mon's Birthday
, Virginia, Turkey
April 30, 2003
However, when we visited the museum last Easter holiday, we couldn't believe our eyes. The parking lot was so full with cars and buses, we hardly found a place to park our car. The ticket lines were so long, it took us nearly 10 minutes to get our tickets.
We opted only for an IMAX movie, as we didn't see one at our last visit. "Into the Deep" was the name of the three-dimensional documentary. I had been to IMAX theaters before, but I had never watched a 3D movie. It was amazing. The documentary was filmed in the California kelp forest and we saw different kinds of fish in their natural habitat. It was much different than seeing the fish in an aquarium. There were no glass between us and the fish. The music was awesome, and the colors and the shapes took me to some magical time when I was a little kid and everything was possible, where fairies exist and colors were so bright. At the end of the show, the beauty touched me so deeply that a couple of tears dropped from my eyes.
If you visit the museum, make sure you see "Into the Deep." Good Friday (or the Easter weekend) is not a good time to visit the museum as it will be too crowded.
From journal Revisiting my old town