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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Vass, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Was a great day trip, not too costly. They give a military discount, the attraction was not a large one but for the size was a good one. Definitely recommended for something to do.

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Middleport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is nice place to take your kids. The aquarium is very simple but has some nice features like the touch tank where kids can touch sting rays and turtles etc. There is a great rain forest type area with fish and alligators. It's a nice place to go. The grounds outside have a nice walkway thru different areas. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I really like this place especially for the price! My kids enjoyed themselves and it is very clean and the staff is friendly!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This is actually a very well done aquarium. Really a wonderful series of presentations and stations. The staff are mostly good. Altho there are some exceptions, indicating some weakness in training. One significant downside is the attempt to hit up visitors for extra charges. For example, another $3 for butterflies; $10 to "pan" for shark teeth; $15-25 for a photo,... More

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