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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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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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Fun for the whole family

Visited early in the day (just after opening) and it wasn't too crowded. Lots of interesting exhibits. The visit to the lorikeet aviary is worth the extra $3.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Simpson, WV

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Simpson, WV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Visited early in the day (just after opening) and it wasn't too crowded. Lots of interesting exhibits. The visit to the lorikeet aviary is worth the extra $3.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We took our 3 children.. 13,9,&1 They all enjoyed it.. This is a great activity if your on a budget..

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Mount Pleasant, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Enjoy this aquarium. It is a smaller aquarium compared to some. We have visited many times over the years. Educational. You can go through at your own pace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is a great stop especially for kids. I'm going to say 12 and under as I saw some pretty bored tweens. They have got it all. There is a display of native fresh water species and even more ocean species. There are several exhibits that encourage you to touch the creatures and a great many educational opportunities. I think... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

..... but fair warning-it gets crowded quickly. Get there early. It is small and only takes about 1.5 hours to go through. Nice exhibits for their space limitations.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

My fiancé and I visited the aquarium during our recent vacation. The exhibits were beautiful. Majority of the tanks were super smudged from kids fingers so it was tough to get a good picture of what was in the tanks. It wasn't very clean inside either, but with as many people in there as there was when we were there,... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Kids were hoping to see large shark, but not at this aquarium. Something about the glass not thick enough to keep one. Other than that nice place good people.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

We have now visited all three state aquariums really enjoyed it. Found a shady spot in overflow parking. Loved the young bald eagle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Our two year led had a blast, and was fun for the adults too! Very nice setup and great fish on display. The turtles were the coolest.

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Families and couples looking for an educational and enjoyable time, make this a stop. There's LOTS of information and a couple of places for you to touch horseshoe crabs, rays and other sea life. A really cool luminescent jellyfish display, that for some, takes away from the poisonous frogs display in the corner of that same room. The albino alligator... More 

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Additional Information about North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Address: 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC
Phone Number: 910 458 8257
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Kure Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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