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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC
910 458 8257
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Kure Beach
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
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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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Wilmington, North Carolina
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136 reviews 136 reviews
75 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Recent second visit a year later to NC Aquarium @Fort Fisher. Did not realize it was 'free entry day' so chaos ensued in all directions. Since this Aquarium is not that big and does not have a plethora of hands-on experiences the crowds made it difficult to enjoy anything that they had to offer. At this point in time, it... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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30 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

We thank the aquarium for free admission on Veterans Day. I used to volunteer at the Denver aquarium years ago and enjoyed visiting this one. The aquarium has small exhibits but they do a good job of covering the sea life in and around the state. Some of the exhibits for children are hands on including a petting pond. It... More

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ATLANTIC BEACH
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Loved this place the collection of all the amazing marine life, educational classes. Great value .Sharks, lobsters,crabs , rays gators,snakes .newts, jelly fish. Its all here

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

Excellent value and attractions for the whole family or as a couple. Real good live ranks and knowledgeable staff. Butterfly house has very cool, too.

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is one of the tree locations of the NC Aquarium. My daughter and I spent the afternoon there. Well done and interesting. It sure is a family place. The way the exhibits are arranged entertain the children and mesmerize the adults The beaches surrounding the complex add to the charm. If you can time it properly..go when the tide... More

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Volcano, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This aquarium was unique in that it catered to both river and ocean life. Missed the diver show, but heard it was excellent. All displays were decorated cutely for Halloween. Loved the eye of Newt display and the jellyfish tank and the butterfly house. What a delightful addition to our trip to one of the most scenic and historical coastal... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I spent a couple hours at the Fort Fisher aquarium. The aquarium is located south of Kure Beach along the main road towards the ferry. There is ample parking available for both cars and buses. Hopefully it doesn’t get too full as the aquarium would not be able to handle that number of people all at once. Prices are reasonable... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We visited the aquarium during our trip to Wilmington. It was nice and priced well for its size. Gift shop and the food bar were reasonably priced as well.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I often go to Fort Fisher when in NC to photograph shore birds. The aquarium had both interesting exhibits and some good picture window shore views. The out door exhibits were particularly interesting.

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The interactive exhibits were wonderful. I loved the dolphin exhibit! The displays were informative and the staff was friendly. Don't miss the outdoor exhibits.

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