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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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To get here, we took the ferry! Kids loved it & it was considered part of the whole trip for us. The aquarium was easy to get to, clean & just the right size! I was impressed with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

To get here, we took the ferry! Kids loved it & it was considered part of the whole trip for us. The aquarium was easy to get to, clean & just the right size! I was impressed with the layout & different exhibits. Of course my kids loved being able to touch!! They got to touch sting rays, star fish,... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The aquarium is on the smaller side compared to others. But perfect for a break during an overcast day. There were many fish that the kids could touch. Their favorite part were the jelly fish that looked electrified. We also liked the outdoor exhibits and playground.

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Surf City, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the aquarium while on vacation....everything was on point, as are all of NC's aquariums. Didn't make it to the Lorikeet exhibit, but that looked pretty fun too...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Really nice and not over crowed plenty of parking and was priced fair for a aquarium. Staff was really friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed our time at the aquarium.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Although the aquarium isn't the largest we've been to, it is definitely worth a stop. The exhibits are professionally done and there is an extensive variety of marine life to observe. If you can, try and arrange to go on the behind the scenes tour. We did and enjoyed it - especially since there were only 4 of us on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend and I stopped at this aquarium on our way home from vacation. At $11 each, this is the cheapest aquarium we've ever been to. It's not huge but it is very interesting and fun. We spent about 2 hours inside. We both really enjoyed it and are glad we went out of our way to go there. Recommended.

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Lexington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The aquarium is well done with very interesting exhibits. Everything is well maintained with different shows at different times of the day, for example the 2:30 feeding of the fish in the large tank. Best of all though, was the Lorikeet exhibit outside. The birds will only be there until October and seeing and feeding them is a ton of... More 

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Durham, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We spent a morning here with our almost 2 year old. We made the drive from where we were staying at Wrightsville Beach (~45 min). This isn't going to be an aquarium to wow you, or to spend a full day at, but it was a great way to break up several days at the beach, especially if the weather... More 

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Jamestown, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We visit aquariums wherever we go, and NC is blessed with some great ones. This one is not the biggest, but certainly offers a lot. One of the best features, I think, is that the volunteers are knowledgeable and eager to share about the animals you see. This aquarium releases much of what it has and replenishes its marine life.... More 

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Like others have said, it's a nice side trip. Not very big, but the kids enjoyed it. The touch tanks were nice, one has starfish and rays, the other one towards the end has some small sharks. All in all, worth taking a peek at.

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