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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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Akron, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The interactive exhibits were wonderful. I loved the dolphin exhibit! The displays were informative and the staff was friendly. Don't miss the outdoor exhibits.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

For a small aquarium, they offer a pretty good selection of exhibits of both fish and land animals. My grandchildren really liked the petting area.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We are locals to the area and have a membership to the aquarium. This is an awesome aquarium to visit and they are frequently changing the exhibits and adding new things to keep it interesting and fun. We love Luna (albino alligator) and Maverick (bald eagle)! The new butterfly house is also really enjoyable and has a ton of different... More

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Plain City, Ohio
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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

In case you haven't seen from many other reviews, this aquarium isn't as big as those in Baltimore, Atlanta & Chattanooga, but it is very nice for it's size and definitely entertaining. It has the usual exhibits - sharks, jellies, octopus, clownfish and touch tank - they also have turtles, alligators and other native species. The albino alligator is the... More

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Greensboro, NC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We took our brother & sister-in-law from PA here to visit. They had never been to an aquarium - ever -and both are over 60 yrs old. It was quite an experience. The aquarium is well run. We had our picture taken with several backgrounds to choose from which was so fun. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. And... More

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Creedmoor, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Spent 1/2 the day enjoying all the exhibits, great setup and was enjoyed by a pretty good crowd. Unbelievable amount of different fish and wildlife...would highly recommend to adults and children....and don't miss the butterflies...now that was cool having them flying all around and landing on you...great time for all

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Southport, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Ft. Fisher Aquarium is a wonderful family venue. Is is small enough to be manageable with great exhibits and activities. The focus is on local marine and reptile life and the exhibits are very accessible. The grounds are beautiful and there are wooden walkways everywhere. A great place for young and old alike.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The first part was open-air & very humid- uncomfortable on a rainy day. I was ready to faint. My throat & neck were soaking wet with sweat. The air-conditioned part was fine. Luna, the Albino alligator was cute. Loved the gift shop. Bought a neat wooden carved-out Octopus. Great to have water fountains & restrooms nearby. We really liked the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Have visited this aquarium many many times, and it is always enjoyable! A great place to take kids, go on a first date, or just enjoy an afternoon. Look over the day's schedule when you first get there as there are lots of things going on throughout the day. Check out their special events too- sometimes you can sleep over... More

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Bucks County , Pennsylvania
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I have now visited all three Aquariums in North Carolina. They are all different. This one sports an albino Alligator. six to seven feet. It also had a butterfly house for the summer. (3.00 surcharge) The tank feeding was interesting and they do have a very large eel. That was a big plus. Watch him when they have feeding and... More

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