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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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Fun way to spend the afternoon!

We enjoyed learning about sea life and watching our grandson/nephew explore the Aquarium. Walking through the outdoor area was very peaceful. Seeing all the turtles in the were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Lowell, Massachusetts
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Lowell, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed learning about sea life and watching our grandson/nephew explore the Aquarium. Walking through the outdoor area was very peaceful. Seeing all the turtles in the were fun to look at. The gift shop has a good variety of souveniers and are not priced out of site.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This is nice but very small. My son is 2 and enjoyed everything. I wish a section was about sharks, since that's what boys are most interested in. We only saw 1 shark and he was little :/ the bird exhibit saved this trip. We purchased a small cup of food and the birds fly all over you and walk... More 

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Concord, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I remember going to the NC Aquarium as a kid and now I take my girls there whenever I get the chance. It isn't a huge aquarium, but it has a large enough variety to keep the kids entertained for a few hours. We love the touch tanks, we could send an hour just there! We also enjoy the dive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the exhibits and stayed busy here for half a day with a seven year old. Could have made almost a full day of it! Very nice and the admission was reasonable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I myself have been many many times we love coming here. I'll be bringing my kids since they were babies and even at ten and eight they still love going .great place to spend good family time.

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Portland, Maine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon at the beach! We went to the aquarium on a special science day. We learned all about the albino alligator "Luna" and how to make frog calls using plastic cups and wet string. There were games and presentations. You could also get your picture taken "inside" a Megladon's mouth. Our favorite... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is an awesome place for anyone, but especially young children. I had the privilege to have a season pass for the aquarium and my daughter got to see Santa swim in the tank with the fish. They have an amazing gift shop and an outdoor playground for when you are done inside. A must if in the Wilmington area!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We came here with the kiddos because it was a nasty rainy day in the area, and thought it was something unique we could do, despite the weather. While my 3 year old daughter had a lot of fun, we found the attraction to just be a really short ordeal. They have a few cool exhibits, and some where the... More 

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Brunswick, Md.
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

While this is not one of the larger aquariums we have visited, it was very nice and 'manageable'! The staff were very helpful and friendly. I believe it was worth the visit and especially since it is only 1/2 mile from Fort Fisher. Very nice morning or afternoon to visit both!

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Oakland Park, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A very nice facility but collection seemed underwhelming. Extremely clean building and hospitable staff. Beautiful grounds.

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