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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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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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Very nice aquarium located on the beach

1. Expectations. Since I live nearby, I am somewhat jaded in that I have visited this aquarium several times over the past 20 years and have never written a review. As a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
raj0302
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Wilmington, North Carolina

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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123 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

1. Expectations. Since I live nearby, I am somewhat jaded in that I have visited this aquarium several times over the past 20 years and have never written a review. As a nature/animal lover, I always enjoy visiting natural history museums, zoos, aquariums, etc. and have had the privilege of visiting several aquariums in the U.S. and overseas. My expectations... More 

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Burlington, North Carolina
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97 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to see alligators, snakes, turtles, jellyfish, starfish, and my favorite-- sea horses. The aquarium has a huge tank of fish which gives you an idea of what you will see in the ocean. There are special programs offered throughout the day with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. Don't forget to walk the boardwalk ( when weather permits) and... More 

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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of parking. The fee to get in was reasonable. The environment was relaxing and educational. My son learned a lot about sea life. You can touch some of the animals. We got to take a photo and we got 3 pictures with different backgrounds for 20 dollars. I would recommend for a family with small kids but as an... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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160 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We purchased a family pass and came here with our daughter and 2 year old granddaughter. She had such fun seeing the "fishies" Quite a few of the exhibits were on her level but we did have to pick her up for things like the touch tank. She especially liked the turtles, both inside and outside. They playground outside kept... More 

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Winburne,pa
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121 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

This aquarium was the first one we ever visited when our oldest child was small and we recently returned with our youngest son. It is a nice small friendly aquarium. The staff is very informative and gives little talks about different things. We talked with a beautiful older woman for some time who took her time explaining the environment and... More 

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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111 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We visit this aquarium at least once a year. Always enjoy the first gallery with different habitats representing areas of North Carolina. The Albino Alligator is really cool. I really like the information about the sea turtle rescue and hatchery protection efforts. The main tank is fascinating for kids of all ages and there are various shows and programs throughout... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We took our two-year old to the NC Aquarium's New Year's Day event, which appeared to be a slightly more involved version of their daily dive show. He (along with all of the other kids) was transfixed by the divers, and sat quietly through the entire 30 minute show. Like the NC Aquarium in Manteo, this is not a very... More 

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Snow Camp Nc
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87 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Have not been here in about 9 years, still great as ever. Very scenic location. Nice staff. Too bad they didn't have dolphins, but their facility cannot hold them due to they need a lot of room and lots of care and the State of NC doesn't provide enough funding for this. I would recommend this for families and also... More 

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Leland, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Fun for all ages. Very nice informative displays.The kids loved the gators and turtles. Excellent snake bar area.

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Winooski, Vermont
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98 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

The place isn't huge and there aren't very good descriptions of the exhibits, but it was pretty good overall. Took us an hour to see everything without any kids.

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