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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Address: 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC
Phone Number: 910 458 8257
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Kure Beach
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Owner description: Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach (a short drive from...
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The last time we were at the aquarium was in 2003; I didn't think it could be any better now, but I was wrong, it was superb in every way! We had our 8 year old grandson with us, and it was a real pleasure getting to see his wide-eyed fascination at each exhibit! Been to large aquariums, and they... More 

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Bristol, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Brought my sister and here 3 kids. We had a great time. So much to explore and do here. It's a hidden treasure.

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Homestead, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Although much smaller that some of the aquariums I have been accustomed to there is still plenty to do. The exhibits are very will designed and display a good deal of information for all ages. There are several touch tanks and lots of very knowledgeable volunteers to help children and adults alike learn a lot about the waters around Eastern... More 

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Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the better aquariums I've been to. It is great for the entire family and children of all ages. The prices are relatively inexpensive and adds to a great day trip to Fort Fisher.

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Appomattox, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Fun for kids of all ages, they keep improving over time. Touch sea creatures, visit up close with Luna the albino alligator, or Maverick, the adolescent bald eagle. Take in the movie in their auditorium. Watch feeding at select times in the big tank. So much more! And a cool gift shop to boot. Though, in the rain, you might... More 

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North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Great visit to learn about and see different species of fish and other marine animals native to the North Carolina shores including Sea Horses, Sharks, turtles, and all kinds of fish.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Me and my friend and our toddlers enjoyed visiting the aquarium. Kids under 2 are free. Lots of interesting wildlife to see and very educational. The gift shop was nice and had a lot to choose from. Nice little playground area for the kids to play on.

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Madison Heights, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

For $11 I got about an hour and a half a tour of a pretty good collection of North and South Carolina Wildlife. They have a huge aquarium. Has interactive displays that the kids can get involved with. When I visit aquariums , I do look for things that are local. They definitely have quite an abundance of that at... More 

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It is a big aquarium and a very nice place to see a lot of ocean creatures, and learn a lot about them. We were luck to visit a butterflies house which was open at that time of year next to the aquarium. It was a magical time.

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Magnolia, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited again this year, and the aquarium continues to impress. The centerpiece is still the divers presentation in the giant tank -- I would plan the time of day at which we go around when that presentation takes place. But there were other small changes that I appreciated, especially integrating the albino alligator in with the other gators. My... More 

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