When there’s a chill in the air, there just might be a thrill in the water. As great Atlantic cetaceans make their yearly migrations, they can be seen just off our coast – and often lingering to take advantage of our food-rich waters. Every winter, the promise of a sighting makes for some sweet anticipation, and recently the whales have been playing to satisfied onlookers.
Join the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center for an excursion off the coast of Virginia Beach in search of winter wildlife, and you never know what you might encounter. Maybe three humpbacks breezing by. A large group of dolphins coasting along. An elusive fin whale allowing itself to be viewed. A humpback making a show of its bubble netting as it feeds, another breaching to the oohs and ahhs of a thrilled crowd. From your boat, you’ll have a chance to get close to some of nature’s most wondrous and awe-inspiring creatures, and learn what brings them to Virginia Beach waters.
Take advantage of cool season adventure by customizing your own getaway around a Winter Wildlife Boat Trip. Take your pick of hotels offering special whale watching packages and get in on all the fun before it’s over – our whale friends won’t be hanging around forever!
Go inside the habitat of Virginia Aquarium's harbor seals to get an up-close view. Observe the animal care staff as they conduct a behavioral training session and learn about seal biology and conservation efforts. Receive a souvenir photo of your life experience.Behind the Scenes
A unique view from the top of the sea turtle aquarium. Discover what it takes to keep these gentle creatures healthy. Observe feeding and interaction with five large sea turtles.Behind the Scenes
Board a tour boat and venture out off the coast of Virginia Beach in search of winter wildlife. Each excursion is narrated by a trained Aquarium educator while experienced volunteers show whale artifacts and answer questions.Learn More
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