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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
Type: Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
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... more » 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. « less
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Greensboro, NC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We took our brother & sister-in-law from PA here to visit. They had never been to an aquarium - ever -and both are over 60 yrs old. It was quite an experience. The aquarium is well run. We had our picture taken with several backgrounds to choose from which was so fun. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. And... More

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Creedmoor, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Spent 1/2 the day enjoying all the exhibits, great setup and was enjoyed by a pretty good crowd. Unbelievable amount of different fish and wildlife...would highly recommend to adults and children....and don't miss the butterflies...now that was cool having them flying all around and landing on you...great time for all

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Southport, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Ft. Fisher Aquarium is a wonderful family venue. Is is small enough to be manageable with great exhibits and activities. The focus is on local marine and reptile life and the exhibits are very accessible. The grounds are beautiful and there are wooden walkways everywhere. A great place for young and old alike.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

The first part was open-air & very humid- uncomfortable on a rainy day. I was ready to faint. My throat & neck were soaking wet with sweat. The air-conditioned part was fine. Luna, the Albino alligator was cute. Loved the gift shop. Bought a neat wooden carved-out Octopus. Great to have water fountains & restrooms nearby. We really liked the... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Have visited this aquarium many many times, and it is always enjoyable! A great place to take kids, go on a first date, or just enjoy an afternoon. Look over the day's schedule when you first get there as there are lots of things going on throughout the day. Check out their special events too- sometimes you can sleep over... More

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Bucks County , Pennsylvania
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102 reviews 102 reviews
26 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I have now visited all three Aquariums in North Carolina. They are all different. This one sports an albino Alligator. six to seven feet. It also had a butterfly house for the summer. (3.00 surcharge) The tank feeding was interesting and they do have a very large eel. That was a big plus. Watch him when they have feeding and... More

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Mount Vernon, Indiana
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a must for little kids. The staff is very friendly. Takes about 2 hours to complete everything.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

We took the ferry from Southport over to Ft. Fisher and went to the aquarium. It is small, but nicely arranged. It has exhibits featuring salt and freshwater habitats. When we visited, they had an albino alligator. That exhibit alone was worth the price of admission. It also had educational presentations going on. To me, this aquarium is geared toward... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My husband and I went with my niece and her parents. My niece had a great time she loved the variety of fish. We loved the butterfly exhibit too there were so many different butterflies to see. There is a playground here as well as a food court.

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Trinity, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This place is a must visit, good admission price, educational, you will learn about the coast and Cape Fear wildlife, they even have some of the creatures you can touch, the kids really love that. They had a Butterfly exhibit when we visited, I really liked that.

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