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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC
910 458 8257
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Kure Beach
Type: Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Pinckney, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I went with my daughter and her family while vacationing in Ocean Isle Beach. We took the ferry, which was an experience in itself for the grandkids. The aquarium was great, lots of large tanks. My grandson is really into sharks and couldn't wait to see them and he was not disappointed. The touch tanks were great, we got to... More

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Clifton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This was a very nice aquarium. It was smaller than I expected it would be, but the exhibits they had were lovely. Some highlights included the alligator exhibit, being able to touch sea anemones and bamboo sharks, the big shark tank, the octopus (which a lot of people missed), and the sea robins. The outside exhibits were a bit less... More

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Gibbstown, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We knew we were very close to the aquarium but we did not expect the great exhibits and the enormous tank housing all of the native species of fishes and turtles. The dive show was also outstanding as it allowed the kids to ask questions of the diver in the tank. Very cool! Also a nice gift shop.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Stopped in to check out the aquarium. The aquarium itself was good, some neat displays and aquariums. I expected there to be more given some of the other aquariums I've visited in NC (Pine Knoll Shores) and in other states (New Orleans Aquarium is outstanding). The day we visited, there were large groups of families with unattended and uncontrolled children.... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This was our second visit to the aquarium while visiting the beach community of Wilmington, NC. The aquarium is a great place to bring your family. Lots of interactive experiences for children. Our 2-yr old grandsons were kept engaged for the nearly 2 hour visit. There is a huge main tank with local sea life including a few sharks, moray... More

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Snow Camp
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12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It was our last day at Carolina Beach. We figured this would be a nice ending to a great vacation. We were not disappointed. Parking is free. It was crowded & full but we drove around and was able to find a close spot. People are always leaving so don't give up on something closer. The price wasn't too bad... More

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We have visited aquariums at Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta Georgia and this one doesn't quite measure up. Plus you have to pay extra to visit the butterfly exhibit. (Included in Chattanooga) The kids asked for a map (they're our navigators) and were told we would have to use our phone to access a map. They have a playground for the... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We stopped by the aquaruim for a change of pace during our week at the beach. Like the other two NC Aquariums we have visited, this one is well staffed with people who are great at engaging adults and kids. We stayed for the morning diver talker while they worked in the two story main tank. Wondering through it is... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We drove over from Holden Beach to the Aquarium....didn't want to take the ferry. I would recommend getting there early as the parking lot was crowded when we left (around 12noon). The exhibits were nice and informative. Luna, the jellyfish, and the HUGE lobsters were among my favorite. The children in our party enjoyed the shark exhibits and the interactive... More

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High Point, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed ourselves at this aquarium. We took our time here, reading plaques and watching short videos, and I think the kids (ages 15 and 12) actually learned some things. We got to pet the rays and horseshoe crabs. We took a few pics of the kids, so bring your phone or camera. The kids posing with the giant shark... More

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