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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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Exciting visit to the Underworld Creatures

We drove up from Myrtle Beach and took the ferry to the aquarium. It was on Presidents Day and we free. Albino croc etc.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Perth, ON Canada
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Perth, ON Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We drove up from Myrtle Beach and took the ferry to the aquarium. It was on Presidents Day and we free. Albino croc etc.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The display tanks were well maintained, informative and all the fish you expect to see in an aquarium. One of the added features was the butterfly enclose down the path from the main building. It was enchanting to have all those blue butterflies flying around us.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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116 reviews 116 reviews
42 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

After a disappointing visit to the Clearwater, Florida aquarium with friends there, I thought "oh, no" but said "sounds good" to be polite to our North Carolina friends. What a difference! So glad we went! The freshwater part provides a beautiful natural-type setting with waterfalls and glass-side ponds. Lots of local fish plus two alligators, one of them a rare... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

If you plan to compare the NC Aquarium at Ft Fisher with the one in Atlanta, Ft Fisher will come in a distant second. However, if you want to stroll through an aquarium without being crushed by a couple thousand other people, then this is where you want to be. In addition to the displays both large and small, there... More 

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Frostburg, Maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The whole NC aquarium system (includes a number of aquariums throughout the state) is well reported on nationally. The Fort Fisher aquarium is small so do not expect anything like aquariums in Baltimore, Chatanooga, or NY. It is designed to feature native wildlife (mostly water based but also some ground animals) from this part of the state. It is therefore... More 

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Asheboro, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The last time we were at the aquarium was in 2003; I didn't think it could be any better now, but I was wrong, it was superb in every way! We had our 8 year old grandson with us, and it was a real pleasure getting to see his wide-eyed fascination at each exhibit! Been to large aquariums, and they... More 

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Bristol, NH
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Brought my sister and here 3 kids. We had a great time. So much to explore and do here. It's a hidden treasure.

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Homestead, Florida, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Although much smaller that some of the aquariums I have been accustomed to there is still plenty to do. The exhibits are very will designed and display a good deal of information for all ages. There are several touch tanks and lots of very knowledgeable volunteers to help children and adults alike learn a lot about the waters around Eastern... More 

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Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the better aquariums I've been to. It is great for the entire family and children of all ages. The prices are relatively inexpensive and adds to a great day trip to Fort Fisher.

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Appomattox, VA
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32 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Fun for kids of all ages, they keep improving over time. Touch sea creatures, visit up close with Luna the albino alligator, or Maverick, the adolescent bald eagle. Take in the movie in their auditorium. Watch feeding at select times in the big tank. So much more! And a cool gift shop to boot. Though, in the rain, you might... More 

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