Tours are not currently available.

While the following experiences are not currently being scheduled, be sure to check our Daily Events for other exciting happenings during your visit!

A lot happens behind the scenes at the Virginia Aquarium!

BehindTheScenes_Staff with Turtle

Tour Details

(Sponsored by The Oceanfront Inn​​)

  • Each program runs for about 45 minutes.
  • Participants must be at least 8 years old.
  • Participants must be at least 48" tall.
  • Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paying, participating adult (18+).

Above & Beyond

$20 (Members $15)

Take a peek at the inner workings of a public aquarium and learn about how we care for our fish and other marine animals during this tour of selected Aquarium service areas in the North Building.
Phones, cameras, and other loose articles are not permitted on the tour.

Sea Turtles Behind-the-Scenes

$20 (Members $15)

Go above the Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium and observe aquarists conducting a behavioral training session with our sea turtles.
Phones, cameras, and other loose articles are not permitted on the tour.

Seals Behind-the-Scenes

$55 (Members $45)

Come see what happens in our harbor seal building and chat with a professional mammal trainer who will introduce you to one of our adorable harbor seals and tell you all about these amazing marine mammals. Experience, up close, the training techniques used and learn why they are vital to providing exceptional care.
Participants must sign a waiver before the program begins, as this program visits slippery areas with animals in close proximity. Must be able to climb stairs.