We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

#2 of 38 things to do in Manteo Features Animals
374 Airport Rd, Off U.S. 64, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9485
+1 252-475-2300
Review Highlights
Great little aquarium

When you think of aquarium, don't think of the big one in Baltimore. This is a little homey one for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Hagerstown, Maryland
via mobile
Water Life!

This is a great place to see and learn about creatures that live in water. The STAR section for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Suzie R
Read all 1,055 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“shark tank” (159 reviews)
“sea turtles” (106 reviews)
“touch tank” (79 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
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
+1 252-475-2300
Write a Review
Reviews (1,055)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 1,055 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

When you think of aquarium, don't think of the big one in Baltimore. This is a little homey one for mainly the little children. The best part for the teenagers were the sea turtle rescue center otherwise, they were not entertained much. Also the photo...More

Thank kandj01
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great place to see and learn about creatures that live in water. The STAR section for turtle rehabilitation is wonderful.

Thank Suzie R
Reviewed 4 days ago

The NC Aquarium is a very high quality attraction. Video displays and touch screens are everywhere but we all agreed it felt very seamless with the "real" exhibits and didn't feel like a virtual kind of experience. The different areas have themes like sunken pirate...More

Thank DugRau
Reviewed 4 days ago

We've been to this aquarium twice. This time there were some additions that weren't there the 1st time. it's a great little aquarium with a sea turtle rescue program. The shark tank was amazing too.

Thank jayzirn
Reviewed 5 days ago

We love going to aquariums. We've been to the Ripley's Aquariums several times, we've been to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher before, but this was our first visit to this aquarium. It didn't disappoint. Was able to see many different kinds of fish, turtles,...More

Thank mcburrell730
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Originally when our group of 23 decided to visit here, we thought it would be maybe an hour. We were here twice as long as what we anticipated and could have stayed longer if not for hungry kids. There are great exhibits and lots to...More

Thank Emily_Jane_144
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, this may not be as large as some other Aquarium. So what? It is what it is. Worth the admission. Got to let Stingrays. Which was cool. Has a tank with sharks in it. The creatures on display are indigenous to the area. Again,...More

Thank Andy S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went early in the morning to avoid the crowds. This place is pretty great for kids. We had 2 two year olds, a 4 year old and a 5 year old. All were happy and took about 2 hours to see it all. Check...More

Thank geojon421
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The kids had a really good time! They enjoyed climbing across the big tree outside and taking care of the sea turtles. They liked the touch tank too! We spent about 1.5 hours here.

Thank Michelle P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I will be brief in this review as I'm not sure I can be objective in any type of comparison. This is a very well maintained facility, and the exhibits are high quality...but compared to some of the larger aquariums (Atlantis for example) it pales...More

Thank fireball92771
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Stripers Bar and Grille
517 reviews
2.48 miles away
Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop
445 reviews
2.04 miles away
Ortega'z Southwestern Grill & Wine Bar
385 reviews
1.99 miles away
Big Al's Restaurant and Grill
513 reviews
2.55 miles away
Nearby Attractions
National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
61 reviews
.98 miles away
OBX Biplanes
200 reviews
.15 miles away
Coastal Helicopters
222 reviews
.13 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
May 2017: Are you open? And what are you special showings? If any?
May 7, 2017|
Answer Show all 5 answers
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
About how long does it take to go though the exhibits?
June 14, 2016|
Answer Show all 3 answers
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
Did you go plastic week? We are here now (6/6/16) and were told by the welcome center that it was closed.
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!