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SEA Beyond the Surface at the Virginia Aquarium

Come SEA beyond the surface at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and encounter the region’s most beloved residents while learning to preserve and protect wildlife and the marine environment. Catch a selfie with a friendly sea turtle or be awed by magnificent sharks swimming directly over your head. Meet eye-to-eye with Komodo dragons or peek below the water to find endangered Tomistoma. Try one of our many hands-on exhibits or take a short stroll on our nature trail along Owls Creek and surround yourself with Virginia wildlife.

Book a behind-the-scenes tour for the most exclusive experience at the Virginia Aquarium. Guided by experienced educators, walk behind the exhibits to get a closer look at the animals and state-of-the-art technology and learn about the team’s animal behavioral training techniques and the vital role it plays in animal care. Peer above the exhibit to observe aquarists conducting behavioral training with our sea turtles, watch Komodo dragon feedings behind the scenes, or learn about the water quality process and filtration systems behind the Chesapeake Bay aquarium, a 50,000-gallon aquarium that cycles 600 gallons of water per minute.

If you are seeking more adventure, reserve your spot on an Aquarium Boat Tour. Come aboard for an unforgettable excursion in search of Virginia’s most common and charismatic marine mammal, the bottlenose dolphin. As you search for dolphins feeding and playing along the surface, learn from our knowledgeable educators about other coastal animals like majestic seabirds, curious sea turtles, and unique fish species.

Reserve your timed entry today. Reservations can be made online at