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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC
910 458 8257
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Kure Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Tucker, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We made a quick, last minute visit to the Aquarium. We got there within 10 minutes of closing, and understood that we couldn't really SEE the aquarium but we wanted to go to the gift shop. The staff was very understanding and escorted us to the gift shop (where we made several purchases), taking us through one of the exhibit... More

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Irondequoit, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We take the ferry out to the aquarium each time we make our annual trip to visit Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The ferry staff is great! They have the trip across down to a science. The aquarium experience is excellent! The staff is smart and accommodating. Everyone in the family can learn and see great things. We loved learning about... More

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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is the perfect place to go with young children. The aquarium is just the right size for a mid-afternoon visit. Big aquariums can become painful with children under the age of 12 because they just go on forever. This aquarium is small, interactive and has one of the nicest staffs. My niece, a marine biology graduate thought this was... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Especially if the weather isn't agreeing with soakin' up the rays, go see the other kind of Rays. They also have done some recent renovations and added a butterfly exhibit. Call ahead to see if school groups are there (6 buses unloaded when we got there) so it was a little noisy but still able to see everything. Not a... More

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Loved the ferry ride over and the seagulls chasing the boat. The aquarium did not have a large selection of animals. The hurricane simulator was liked by the kids but you had to pay an additional $2 for that after general admission. The petting tanks with the horseshoe crabs and starfish was the best attraction. There were staff on site... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

During you visit through the aquarium, you are following the path of the journey of water. Very reasonably priced.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I grew up just up the coast from the Aquarium but had not been there since the expansion. I loved it before the expansion, and they did an excellent job with the expansion. This little gem is a must-see. Time your viewing to be able to see the interactive sessions--especially when the divers enter the giant tank. (They are on... More

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Washington DC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Just in case you get a day without beautiful sunshine, the aquarium is located right at the end of Pleasure Island and makes for a nice change of pace. It's great for both adults and kids and teaches you a lot about marine life especially in the local area. The seahorses are fascinating, the albino alligator is a rarity, and... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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73 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

It's just your average aquarium. The only real draw they have is the albino alligator. When we were there we found the water to be cloudy which made it hard to take good pictures.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This aquarium has a great location, right on the beach and next to a historical site so that is a huge plus. Its also pretty clean and has a cute little play area and a snack shop outside. My kids (ages 2 and 5 ) really enjoyed it however it is a pretty small aquarium. We have def. seen better.... More

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