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“Worth a visit!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island

North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island
374 Airport Rd., Off U.S. 64, Manteo, NC 27954
252 473 3493
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Ranked #4 of 12 attractions in Manteo
Type: Aquariums
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Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Worth a visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I highly recommend the aquarium. It is a very nice facility, the staff are helpful and knowledgeable. Definitely worth the admission price. The staff go out of their way to insure you have a good visit.

Visited November 2012
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Hampton Roads region, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Our second visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

This is our second vist; our first being two years ago. Our 3.5 year old loved it and so did we. Yes, there are bigger "aquariums" to visit elsewhere but is bigger always better? This had a very nice mix of habitat areas. The shark tank is neat watching several swim in circles by you. We think the best is the Wetlands on the Edge area. There are lots of turtles to see swimming and lounging about up close. Also, two alligators. The exhibit area is really neat in itself. We also like the green screen photo op where you can by a reasonably priced package of photos looking like you are riding a giant sea turtle or getting eaten by a shark; just to name a few. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We will continue to go there; probably ever other year. We have a season pass to Virginia Living Museum close to where we live and go there frequently. That pass allows us to get in free to this one.
Insider tip. When you exit turn right toward the airport and then another right. There is a picnic area and a small playground on the beach. It is at the end of the airport runway and the beach area was created for seaplanes to enter/exit the airport.

Visited November 2012
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NJ
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26 attraction reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great Stop for Families”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Toured this wonderful place with my grandchildren. What a terrific place to be able to view through the eyes of a child. So many things to see and do - don't miss it!

Visited August 2012
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
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“Great Place to Take Kids for Unexpected Education”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We took our Nephew and his 2 children (2yrs and 4yrs) recently and, although a small aquarium, it is really catered for the learning and enjoyment of kids. Focused on the marine life of North Carolina inland and coastal waterways, the exhibits are well laid out and beautiful. There is a turtle recovery lab area for kids where the child is walked through an interactive diagnostic, rehabilitation, and release. This is probably geared toward 6-12 year olds, but we could hardly drag away the children to the next exhibit. This was basically a touching zoo for marine life to include a pool of rays that swam close enough for the children to pet them followed by star fish and urchin pools. At this time of year it was not crowded at all but I understand it is really crowded in season.

A really great place to go when the weather keeps you off the beach.

Visited November 2012
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candirn
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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“A quick visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We found this small aquarium an hour before closing time. We paid the fee and had the place all to ourselves. Staff was friendly and helpful. The displays were well maintained. My personal favorite being the river otter. Because it was the end we got see a couple of different tanks during feeding. Had a blast and would go back again!

Visited October 2012
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