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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Address: 900 Loggerhead Road, 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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I've been to several aquariums and this one will let you touch some stingrays and horseshoe crabs. They have employees at those attractions to help guide you with the hands on... read more

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Calabash, North Carolina

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Calabash, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been to several aquariums and this one will let you touch some stingrays and horseshoe crabs. They have employees at those attractions to help guide you with the hands on experience. For more fun take the ferry from Southport over to the Fort Fisher side. ($5 for cars) Nice experience for younger children. Some areas are dark so for... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was very nice. A great way to break up the beach and pool. Staff was friendly. Great place for young ones and older adults.

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Gastonia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the most fun things to do is take the ferry boat from South Port to Ft. Fisher. When you get off the boat, you are right at the aquarium with a posted sign for a right turn. The Aquarium is well done and a treat for all ages. Besides the sea life, there is a hurricane wind tunnel,... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Last visited 20 yrs ago. Looks like a new place, though. Our family really enjoyed it. Liked the small exhibit discussions and hands-on exhibits. Butterfly exhibit is nice, but it was too hot for our kids to enjoy.

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East Haddam, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here with our 11 month old daughter, had a great time! Very clean, well kept, friendly staff. The fish and displays were great!

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Thank Susanne H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First, I think the aquarium is reasonably priced. We bought our tickets online and saved two dollars a person. Kids were $8.95 and adults $10.95. There are many nice people inside that will explain anything and answer your questions. We learned so much about what the aquarium does. They were all friendly and were passionate about their jobs. Skip the... More 

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Cohutta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This aquarium isn't exactly like the aquariums I am accustomed to. It is not near as exciting or large as our Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga or the Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati. However, it is a good way to pass the time if the weather prohibits you from being on the beach. We got there at 3:30 and I was apprehensive... More 

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Smith Mountain Lake, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This small-scale aquarium, located at the tip of the Cape Fear River, highlights local sea and wildlife, ranging from turtles, rays, small sharks and seahorses to jellyfish and snakes of several varieties. The layout is attractive and spacious, letting out to outdoor trails leading to a "Butterfly Bungalow" and other wildlife habitats. On the way out the back door, stop... More 

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East Fayetteville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful place and we all loved it a lot. The tickets are good for 24 hours and price is great. We go everytime we go to Kure beach. Very educational

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Something great to do with kids. Easy to get to and no waiting. Reasonably priced. Dinosaurs were awesome. Wasn't terribly impressed with butterfly exhibit, was small and not much to see, but was still beautiful.

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