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Step Inside the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Not far from our Virginia Beach apartments is a destination that inspires conservation of the marine environment. We're talking about the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and it welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests every year. Here is some of what you can discover during your visit:

Harbor Seals

Don't miss meeting Hector and Rudder at the Virginia Aquarium. These harbor seals enjoy entertaining visitors with their antics. In the United States, harbor seals are commonly found on the west and east coasts. They weigh as much as 285 pounds and boast short flippers and short, dog-like snouts. These seals like to rest on rocks and beaches and feast on fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. 

Loggerhead Sea Turtles 

As you explore, you'll also see loggerhead sea turtles like Big Momma. The largest of all hard-shell turtles, loggerheads are named for their large heads. Adults feature slight heart-shaped reddish-brown top shells, and males are easily identified by their long tails. These turtles became a threatened species in 1978. Today, they still receive federal protection and can live to be 70 to 80 years or more.

Boat Tour

A visitor favorite at the Virginia Aquarium since 1989, the boat tour brings the ocean to you. Once onboard the Atlantic Explorer, you'll enjoy a memorable adventure searching for bottlenose dolphins. One of Virginia's most common marine mammals, these charming animals are highly intelligent. They are curious about humans and can be trained to aid fishermen. During the tour, the marine educators will also share facts about other animals like sea turtles and unusual fish species. Weather permitting, the tours depart daily from now until September 6th.

After visiting the aquarium, stop by a restaurant to enjoy some of the best crab cakes in town. If you would like to call Columbus Station home, please contact us. Our leasing team will offer a tour where you can see our apartments in Virginia Beach firsthand.

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