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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

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374 Airport Rd, Off U.S. 64, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9485
+1 252-475-2300
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Lots of Fun

We enjoyed the aquarium. Lots of beautiful fish. My favorite part was the sea turtle sanctuary... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Wonderful Experience!

We have visited this Aquarium many times, but yesterday was extraordinary! The short programs... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“shark tank” (163 reviews)
“sea turtles” (115 reviews)
“touch tank” (84 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
374 Airport Rd, Off U.S. 64, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9485
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed the aquarium. Lots of beautiful fish. My favorite part was the sea turtle sanctuary where they were helping injured sea turtles. The staff come out and told us about the each turtle’s story.

Thank Valerie679845
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited this Aquarium many times, but yesterday was extraordinary! The short programs offered to visitors were enjoyed by all - turtles (yes, including a live one) yesterday, and unusual critters today. My granddaughter met a rose tarantula, hog-nosed snake, and tiger salamander and...More

Thank vabeachgirl46
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have now visited all three NC aquariums and we were highly impressed with the Roanoke Island Aquarium. The sea turtle rehabilitation center and the large aquarium, were my favorites. The kids of course, loved the touch tanks. If you are visiting the outer banks...More

Thank jbrudy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Moderately priced and well worth it. Lots to see in a smaller building. Well maintained and clean with hands on stingray tank . Jelly fish tank , shark tank are awesome. History of the area is mixed in the displays. Recommend going and checking out...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for all ages. Exhibits were well done. We especially enjoyed the jellyfish tanks. They have touching pools and there is a cool hands-on turtle hospital (with fake turtles) for kids to learn about injury/illness and subsequent treatment. It took about 1 1/2 hours...More

Thank pez-oz33
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We knew it would be small but it was more fun then expected. We did the behind the scenes tour called Shark Bites. We fed the fish and had front row view of the shark feeding. It was well worth $12 each.

Thank damartz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This aquarium is fun and educational... there are several different sections to visit including the turtle hospital!

1  Thank Kai A
Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed the friendly staff and the laid back environment. Beautiful waterfront view! Also loved seeing the Sea Turtles and learning about their program for rehab and release for the injured or sick guys.

1  Thank michelebjohnson
Reviewed October 30, 2017

Once I learned about the Pea Island Life Savers I wanted to visit this particular aquarium because of the Black History connection it has. Richard Etheridge was the leader of the first all black life saving regimen on the Outer Banks. His family owned the...More

Thank jne7299318
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

We wanted to see the expansion at the aquarium and it did not disappoint. It was wonderful and well worth the trip. We will return.

1  Thank jeffrey1967
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Questions & Answers
May 7, 2017|
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Response from NCAquarium R I | Property representative |
Hello! Yes, we are open! Every day we have our Dialogue with a Diver program at 10:30 a.m. and other free programs. We also offer behind-the-scenes tours for an additional fee. The most updated information will be available... More
Rebecca C
June 14, 2016|
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Response from DonnaB1956 | Reviewed this property |
I have not been there since the renovation. Old aquarium took 1 hr to 1-1/2 hours. I do not know if they have reopened.
Brittany N
June 8, 2016|
Response from 379David379 | Reviewed this property |
I guess it is closed for renovations. I think it re-opens on June 11. You should probably call them for details. Sorry you had to miss it, but plan to visit it on your next trip. It is great!