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December. 70+ degrees. Is that even possible on the East Coast? You bet it is if you’re lucky enough to be in Virginia Beach! Yes, Virginia, we are LIVING THE LIFE. Residents and visitors are still digging their toes in the sand, jogging in their summer workout gear, biking, hiking and dare I go there again? LIVING THE LIFE!!!
But, alas, it is the first weekend in December (regardless of how it feels outside!) and time for the annual Holiday Parade at the Beach. Grab the whole fam and head to the Oceanfront tomorrow around 5 p.m. for a festive evening under the stars. There’s also a lot happening in the coming week; check out this edition of This Week in Virginia Beach for the 411.
Looking ahead, the Aquarium just released their 2013-14 activity schedule and it’s so awesome, we’re sharing it right here on Shorelines. Be one of the first to sign up for one of their awesome programs and adventures! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Virginia Aquarium Winter Happenings 2013-14
Countdown to 2014: Tuesday, December 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Children and adults get ready for games, activities, and sparkling beverages (non-alcoholic) in the Aquarium’s Marsh Pavilion! Free with Aquarium admission.
IMAX® 3D Theater
The newest film showing at the Virginia Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater is Penguins 3D: An Epic Journey, One Special Penguin, A Family Tale, A Tale of Love and Survival in Penguin City. Narrated by David Attenborough, this film celebrates the destiny of a special King Penguin, who returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic. Known as Penguin City, the island is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals and brawling elephant seals as well as six million penguins. Somehow our hero must earn his place among the island inhabitants and fulfill his destiny by finding a mate and raising a family. What follows is the story of the most challenging time in a King Penguin’s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators. Movie schedules for Penguins 3D and other movies and advance ticket sales are available at www.virginiaaquarium.com or by calling (757) 385-FISH.
Winter Wildlife Boat Trips
Winter obviously changes our familiar landscape but the sea offers some amazing differences as well. To get a different perspective, the Virginia Aquarium offers two hour Winter Wildlife Boat Trips. Guests will find on the 65-foot catamaran Rudee Flipper, a heated cabin as well as outdoor seating on both the upper and lower decks. Guests can sip a hot beverage as they cruise along with knowledgeable Virginia Aquarium educators and scan the horizon looking for birds, harbor seals, harbor porpoises, and whales.
December 27 marks the beginning of Winter Wildlife Boat Trips which run through March 16. Trips typically run on Thursdays and Fridays at 2 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., 12 noon, and 3 p.m. Trips also run on holiday Mondays. Visit www.virginiaaquarium.com and its calendar of events for a complete listing of the schedule. Trips are subject to boating conditions and the schedule may change.
Reservations are recommended for this two-hour trip and they can be made by calling 757 385-0300. Reservations are not available the day of a trip. However, boarding passes can be purchased directly at the dock until trip departure time, if space allows. Tickets may be purchased in advance at either Aquarium building or at the dock. The cost per person is $28 for adults and $24 for children ages 4-11. Children age 3 and under are no charge, but still require a boarding pass. Whale sightings are not guaranteed.
Guests should arrive at the dock 30 minutes before the boat’s departure time. Boats depart from Rudee Inlet which is located at 200 Winston Salem Avenue, a block from the oceanfront, just off of Pacific Ave. and north of the Aquarium.
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