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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
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Owner description: Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach (a short drive from...
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Me and my friend and our toddlers enjoyed visiting the aquarium. Kids under 2 are free. Lots of interesting wildlife to see and very educational. The gift shop was nice and had a lot to choose from. Nice little playground area for the kids to play on.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

For $11 I got about an hour and a half a tour of a pretty good collection of North and South Carolina Wildlife. They have a huge aquarium. Has interactive displays that the kids can get involved with. When I visit aquariums , I do look for things that are local. They definitely have quite an abundance of that at... More 

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It is a big aquarium and a very nice place to see a lot of ocean creatures, and learn a lot about them. We were luck to visit a butterflies house which was open at that time of year next to the aquarium. It was a magical time.

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Magnolia, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited again this year, and the aquarium continues to impress. The centerpiece is still the divers presentation in the giant tank -- I would plan the time of day at which we go around when that presentation takes place. But there were other small changes that I appreciated, especially integrating the albino alligator in with the other gators. My... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Staff was very pleasant and helpful! Small but has alot of hands on interaction.Staff is there to help with all your questions.. Recommend for family Dont miss Luna (albino gator) and Mavick (bald eagle)...worth the trip :)

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Recent second visit a year later to NC Aquarium @Fort Fisher. Did not realize it was 'free entry day' so chaos ensued in all directions. Since this Aquarium is not that big and does not have a plethora of hands-on experiences the crowds made it difficult to enjoy anything that they had to offer. At this point in time, it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

We thank the aquarium for free admission on Veterans Day. I used to volunteer at the Denver aquarium years ago and enjoyed visiting this one. The aquarium has small exhibits but they do a good job of covering the sea life in and around the state. Some of the exhibits for children are hands on including a petting pond. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Loved this place the collection of all the amazing marine life, educational classes. Great value .Sharks, lobsters,crabs , rays gators,snakes .newts, jelly fish. Its all here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

Excellent value and attractions for the whole family or as a couple. Real good live ranks and knowledgeable staff. Butterfly house has very cool, too.

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is one of the tree locations of the NC Aquarium. My daughter and I spent the afternoon there. Well done and interesting. It sure is a family place. The way the exhibits are arranged entertain the children and mesmerize the adults The beaches surrounding the complex add to the charm. If you can time it properly..go when the tide... More 

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