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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Kid friendly, as most are. The butterfly tent should be included in the admission price. The garden trail was relaxing. Nice way to spend time with the family.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My kids loved it! They especially loved being able to touch the stingrays, horseshoe crabs and the starfish. We would definitely visit again in the future!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Very awesome place! Well worth the time & the money. We went down & saw the divers get in the tank with the sharks & tell us all about them. We even got to ask the questions while they were in the tank. There is a lot to see. Anyone would enjoy this, I don't care who you are!

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Letcher, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Very neat place, and great for the entire family. Cheap admission, fun exhibits. Got to watch the alligators fight from one of the tanks, and that was a neat. Cheap admission. Butterfly Bungalow was closed because of the weather. Still pretty cool place! Beautiful fish, would recommend this to people in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Very nice place to stop and spend a few hours. The cost when we went was $9.50 for adults and $8.50 for kids 12 and under. We spent about two hours and that was plenty of time to see it all. The aquarium displays are clean and well kept. There is a wide variety of sea life to see and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Been to the aquariums in Chicago. It was okay. Been to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. It was really an amazing experience. The NCA at Fort Fisher was just as amazing as Baltimore, but only on a smaller scale. There is also a butterfly house which is just the icing on the cake. Loved it.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Lots of family friendly features to this aquarium, including a great playground right next to the outdoor casual cafe. Great break from the beach if you need one.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We've been to a lot of NC aquariums & this is my favorite! Their fresh water exhibits have really nice habitats & although that section is hot & humid, it was worth it! The butterfly exhibit was worth $3 extra per person, and the salt water section was large & had cool interactive exhibits besides the tanks & theater. Plus... More

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Saint Thomas, Pennsylvania
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a neat family trip. Getting there is fun. You get to drive through Caroline/Kure Beach which have the classic Oceanside resort feel. You then enter through historic Ft Fisher which is a great view. The aquarium price is close to being too much, but you don't get to see some of these exhibits anywhere else. We arrived as... More

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SHALLOTTE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We took a friend from CO here. They do an excellent job of telling the NC coastal environment (i.e. it's not just about fish!).

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