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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Address: 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC
Phone Number: 910 458 8257
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Description: Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure...
Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach (a short drive from Wilmington), enjoy an exploration of “The Waters of the Cape Fear.” Journey down the Cape Fear River – from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean - discovering unique habitats and aquatic wildlife. Meet a rare albino alligator named Luna. See the only spotted eagle ray on exhibit in the state. Get eye-to-eye with a loggerhead sea turtle. Talk to a SCUBA diver swimming with sharks rays and eels. Discover N.C.’s fiercest predator at the interactive Megalodon Exhibit. Touch sea stars, horseshoe crabs and even sharks! Play outside in the Adventure Reef play area. Free daily programs include dive presentations, animal feedings and encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures, classes, camps and more. Open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Tickets available at the door and online.
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Lorikeet Exhibit was good fun!

We didn't visit the aquarium, preferring to go to the Lorikeet exhibit instead. It turned out to be really good fun, but don't expect too much! The exhibit is enclosed in an area... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Lake Orion, Michigan
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Lake Orion, Michigan
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212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We didn't visit the aquarium, preferring to go to the Lorikeet exhibit instead. It turned out to be really good fun, but don't expect too much! The exhibit is enclosed in an area that is quite tiny and will hold maybe 30 people total. Fortunately, we didn't have a big group of folks who were there with us, so we... More 

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you get rain during your beach trip, go spend a day at the aquarium. There are lots of cool exhibits for elementary school aged kids and plenty of neat things to see and learn about. We spent almost an hour just trying to find all the critters that were running around in the very first exhibit. Birds, reptiles, fish,... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A bit smaller than but nice layout and interesting. Very reasonably priced and well maintained. Lots of school children while we visited so it was a bit noisy. Took the ferry over from Southport and enjoyed the day.

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Eastlake, Ohio
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Nice diversion and great for families. Mass quantities of kids running around. So a bit noisy. Over priced gift shop.

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It was smaller then I expected but was still fun. They have a lot of hands on animals and we had fun trying to find all the turtles. Also they have Lorikeets at this location and the $1-2 a cup for the nectar to have them land on you and eat was so much fun..dont wear your best clothes...they are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

This aquarium is large but nothing spectacular. The dive show was cool and loved the jellyfish. Gift shop had cool stuff.

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We've been here multiple times, and visit whenever we are in the area. Its a great aquarium, though it is a little limited in size. they have a good diversity of exhibits, from land animals, gators, to fish and sea mammals, and outside they have a garden and sculpture and a kids play area. A family membership is well worth... More 

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Virginiaq
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

All the exhibits had a staff person on duty to answer questions, engage children in the exhibit, some exhibits are "touchable" staff guided children and adults on how to touch. Give yourself at least 2 hours, longer if you have children with you. There is a little snack bar and a playground.

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Blacksburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Went during our family Christmas trip and we had a great time. The fish are beautiful, the tanks are really well maintained, the option to interact and pet- fabulous... overall a really great aquarium and worth the visit. Kids will really enjoy it as will adults.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is a must do when visiting the Wilmington area. The details of coastal North Carolina, along with shipwrecks off the coast were very interesting! I can't imagine a member of the family not enjoying this trip. Very educational and entertaining.

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