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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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Small but full

It isn't huge and a bit pricey, but there are a lot of informative exhibits. The interactive diver discussion with the kids was a highlight.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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St Louis, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It isn't huge and a bit pricey, but there are a lot of informative exhibits. The interactive diver discussion with the kids was a highlight.

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damn yankee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An extremely nice visit for both children and adults. A wide range of aquatic life and exhibits of educational value. They strive to offer new exhibits and displays throughout the year. Well worth the admission price.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Combined it with the butterfly's exhibit, worth the extra $3 each. Hands on, interactive and the dinosaur park was fun to at the end of the day. Get ready to spend about 2 -3 hours and it pays for itself. Touch tanks for stingrays and sharks and lots to see

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores was a lot better than this on. It was very small and not a lot of exhibits. There was a separate Butterfly exhibit that I was actually looking forward to, but it was extra. We felt that after the cost of the aquarium admission, it should've been included. I gave it a 3, because... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

For an aquarium on the end of an island it is very impressive. We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was busy but never had a problem looking at exhibits. The variety of critters is great. We took about 2 hours to see it all. Strawberry Ice cream at the concession stand was really good!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The aquarium is the best in NC. Parking is free and always available. Every type of sea animal in NC is available, a rate albino alligator, several snakes and turtles, a unique animated Dinosaur exhibit, a Megaladon exhibit, a children's you-can-handle exhibit, and so much more.

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Morganton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

great place to visit with children and grandchildren!!! Staff was nice and knowledgeable about the animals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This isn't the top aquarium in the US or anything but it's nice and clean and something fun to do in the Carolina beach area. I like that they updated different areas and have more hands on exhibits and include technology to educate the general public on environmental concerns.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This aquarium is decent, and the price isn't terrible. This was our son's favorite place of the vacation because of the touching areas. They had two touch tanks: one with rays, horseshoe crabs, starfish, etc., another tank had several small sharks that you could touch. The staff was hit and miss; one man who was at the shark tank was... More 

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Creedmoor, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I visited the aquarium while on vacation. We paired this with a ferry ride to Southport for a unique experience for her. The aquarium had all types of native fish, alligators, snakes, and other marine wildlife. There was also a butterfly exhibit that was interesting but very hot! My daughter enjoyed the interactive exhibits and the scuba... More 

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