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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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Great place to visit when at the NC Coast!!

The Ft. Fisher aquarium is just fun...an it's growing!! Wonder place to visit, when in the Kure Beach area. Kids love it. Just took my two year old grandson an he had a blast!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Kure Beach, North Carolina
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I love aquariums and have been to quite a few.... however, never been to one right next the ocean before and after reading previous reviews, I had high expectations. I was not impressed. There's a lot of random fish, one large sized tank, a "petting zoo", a FAKE dolphin, a FAKE whale, small shark or two, a baby sea turtle,... More 

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Kure Beach, North Carolina
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9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Ft. Fisher aquarium is just fun...an it's growing!! Wonder place to visit, when in the Kure Beach area. Kids love it. Just took my two year old grandson an he had a blast!!

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Wilmington, NC
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The Aquarium is a must-see for all our visitors - and everyone loves it! The facility is very well-maintained, and the staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Who doesn't love sharks and turtles! The setting is magnificent, and we learn something new and exciting every visit. Highly recommend!

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New Jersey
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131 reviews 131 reviews
15 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This a is a nice stop when in the area. It is informative for people of all ages. The exhibits are well maintained. There are several interactive, hands on displays. There is also a gift shop and snack bar.

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United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

As always it is wonderful to visit this aquarium. We take our kids 4 to 5 times a year. After going through the inside, you can do it quick or spend a few hours, and really take it in. There is a very safe and fun playground before you exit which really helps the kids relax.

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North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We stayed in Wilmington and decided to drive to Fort Fisher and visit the aquarium. If you are under the age of 12 you will be amazed. If you're not, good luck justifying the money you're spending to visit. We completed our visit in about an hour. I was surprised how dim the lighting was. Needs some updates. The outdoor... More 

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Sanford, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We always include this as a destination when visiting the area. Many non-natives do not realize that our state has 3 aquariums. Each has it's own theme and focus. We support all three depending on which beach we are visiting. A new display was under construction when we were there in early March. Will return later this year to see... More 

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Noank, Connecticut
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25 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The exhibits area wass small, dark, and nothing I would come back for. Not a first rate aquarium, but if the kids are small, then might be a diversion on a rainy day.

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We saw advertisement and with several different places in the area, we chose this one. It was such a great place to visit so many different species of animals. The elbino alligator was the kids absolute favorite. It was a very large facility and we had a great day here. Also it is not far away from Carolina beach, so... More 

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Port Huron, Michigan, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I haven't been to an Aquarium in quite awhile and this one is great. I especially liked the two story tall tank with the sharks and moray eel. There were multiple places to view into the tank. Lots of helpful volunteers that could answer questions.

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