Norfolk, VA 23451
It's fitting that a beach town should boast many opportunities to learn about life under the sea. At the Virginia Aquarium, you'll find rays, harbor seals, loggerhead turtles, river otters, sand tiger sharks and komodo dragons -- 800,000 gallons of aquariums in all. There's also a touch pool where you can pet rays and starfish. Their 300 hands-on exhibits teach about habitats like a Malaysian peat swamp, Red Sea, and volcanic islands. You can watch a 3-D IMAX movie in their theater, but you might be too busy watching the shark tank and trying to befriend the walruses. Bring the family, and you'll want to spend the whole day here.