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Constellations, Crabs and Campfires

Highlight of the whole vacation for the kiddos!! We built a fire, had s’mores, talked about the... read more

Reviewed November 26, 2018
Huntsville, Alabama
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Marsh Madness Was a Great Program!

This past week, we attended Marsh Madness, which was a free program given by the Island Center... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
Columbia, Maryland
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The Ocean Center provides a wide variety of recreational and educational activities for people of all ages. Please come view the exhibits, experience the wetlands and coastal forest, attend our programs and events, and use our ocean access.
57204 North Carolina Highway 12, Hatteras, Hatteras Island, NC 27943
+1 252-564-9575
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Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

Highlight of the whole vacation for the kiddos!! We built a fire, had s’mores, talked about the history of the area and the local wildlife, how to view and recognize constellations and the best part? Hunting ghost crabs!! We had a GREAT time and the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

This past week, we attended Marsh Madness, which was a free program given by the Island Center. Our instructor was James, who was super nice and very informative and great with kids. We had 4 adults and 4 kids (kids ranged in age from 2.5-8)....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Made a reservation for my husband, my son and I for the Marsh Madness 1 hour free tour. We got to learn all about the different types of crabs in NC. Then we actually got to go crabbing. We each caught Blue crabs on a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Wanda D
Reviewed August 9, 2018

The staff at the Ocean Center are great. We learned many things about the ocean/sound habitat and the animals who live there. We enjoyed fishing for blue crabs (and it was a free activity). They also told us about the baby sea turtle excavations that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

Summer interns very helpful in getting in and out of kayaks. 2 people in a kayak toured marsh and sound. Interns engaging with life in and around the marsh. Storm was coming so return trip was WET.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank julye1992
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the campfire event this past week. The guides were super personable and pleasant but...the event was quite unorganized and scattered. We had a great time, but there were so many ways it could have been better. Benches should have been predug by two...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank StefCentralVA
Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

We went on a morning bird walk, part on the marsh and part on the beach, and identified a large variety of birds. The two staff who led it were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We highly recommend it!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Fred I
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Stopped by while the rest of our group went fishing. We had a 3 year old so unfortunately couldn't go kayaking, but we enjoyed the little walkway in the marshy area, and the exhibits inside. Great and helpful staff.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank MountainSunSea
Reviewed June 14, 2018 via mobile

This place was great! We always stop in at nature centers on vacation if we find one. This one is staffed by interns...each with their own niche. They walked kids through each display and took the time to answer their questions and acknowledge the somewhat...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Ashley P
Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I had such a great kayak tour!!! The interns were very nice and knew a bunch!! Definitely a highlight of our vacation!! The price was great also...only $40 a person for a 2 hour tour!!! Highly recommend!!!!

Date of experience: May 2018
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May 16, 2018|
Response from Eric K | Property representative |
Hello and thanks for your question. As much as we love dogs, not all of our visitors do. So, we think it is best that you don't bring your dog with you on any programs or inside the exhibit hall. Hope you will still come for... More
Allison E
August 26, 2016|
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Response from suzanne d | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know. We were south of Avon and only ate lunch there once.
January 25, 2016|
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Response from GrandmomDB | Reviewed this property |
I would have to say what the others said give them a call.