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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Address: 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449
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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This place was practically empty of visitors, so we pretty much had the entire run of the place and it was awesome. The entire staff were knowledge and extremely friendly. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kristen D
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Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was practically empty of visitors, so we pretty much had the entire run of the place and it was awesome. The entire staff were knowledge and extremely friendly. The price isn't too bad and we all really enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I visited this aquarium and loved it! It's set up so beautifully!! My daughter especially enjoyed the interaction games and the outside dinosaur exhibit!

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Kernersville, North Carolina, USA
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was great to see all the fish. We came during the anniversary celebration, and they had several activities set up for kids to do. The staff was very helpful with us finding attractions we wanted to see, and they had dinosaurs

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Millstone, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Super cute aquarium!!! Tickets were so cheap too. There were a lot of interactive things all throughout the aquarium and lots of variety when it came to the animals. Outside walk through was super cool too!

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Kennerdell, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great experience and a great Place for kids. All the exhibits was first class and the Dinosaurs was pretty cool. This is a must visit if you are at Kure Beach.

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Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Without a doubt the best aquarium experience we have been to in the southern states (Cleveland still is the best). Awesome private location, exhibits were well thought out and aimed at kids and the staff was super friendly. The butterfly garden was a nice touch, definitely worth the few extra bucks, and the dinosaurs in the garden were our son's... More 

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the aquarium in July of 2016. We happen to have a zoo membership at our local zoo in Ohio so tickets were about 50% off. If you have a zoo membership elsewhere, you will most likely have a good discount at this location. Even with the discount, the tickets were still a little pricey. But, it was a... More 

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North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here and after being blown away by the entrance exhibits were very disappointed to learn how small the rest of it was. The most interesting thing for my kids were the dinosaurs outside and the butterflies. I guess we were disapointed because we were expecting to see a lot more. Overall, not bad, just not great.

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delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this aquarium. The drive show in the big tank was nice. Very informed and friendly workers. I recommend this!

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Thank Zerodog
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really surprised at how much the aquarium offers. The staff was very nice and personable, the displays are excellent, and the fish seemed to be in very good health. Got to get up close and personal with a loggerhead turtle, a bald eagle and dozens of butterflies. Just a terrific place to visit.

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