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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

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Address: 374 Airport Rd, Off U.S. 64, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9485
Phone Number: +1 252-475-2300
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Went with a family while on vacation. The location is a little out of the way but worth the drive. For a smaller aquarium it was pretty modern and cool. Lots of unique little... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went with a family while on vacation. The location is a little out of the way but worth the drive. For a smaller aquarium it was pretty modern and cool. Lots of unique little features. Lots of hands on stuff. Great gift shop. Plus the price is right.

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Thank Jennie K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We are AZA members so we got a discount on tickets, which is great! The aquarium was so clean, not to busy. The sea turtles were so cool! We will def be back on our next vacation!!!

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Thank Bethany F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the kids here when it was too rainy to go to the beach. Great aquarium for the price. It was awesome being able to pet sting rays and other aquatic life. I was looking forward to seeing the otters but unfortunately that exhibit was closed. I would still recommend the aquarium as a great family activity!

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Thank Liza M
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice aquarium with many knowledgeable staff. The exhibits are very well done & so interesting. We were there when two staff members were in the shark tank. The man gave a very informative overview of the sharks & then he took questions from the audience. The turtle rehab facility was very interesting. The grounds are very well kept & there... More 

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Thank bubby2six
Hopewell
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This Aquarium is small but really really nice. The kids loved it. The turle rehab facility is great education for the kids. The whole family enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit outside and they have an area that the kids can dig for dinosaur teeth. I would recommend this Aquarium, it's nice one on one time with your family.

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Thank tlopez0905
Westminster, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The exhibits are very well done. The kids love the turtle rescue center (we visited two years ago and my daughter had still been talking about it). The touch tank is great for them too! Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The Lost Woods exhibit is new but my six year old especially enjoyed the balance activities. The gift shop... More 

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Thank beachhomeschoolmama
Seaford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cute little aquarium saved us on a rainy day. Liked the interactive things for the kids. Watched the shark feeding, touched a blue tongue skank. Kids loves it, reasonably priced

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Thank darlene_condon
Summersville, West Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This did not meet my expectations of an aquarium. We came down today for something to do on a rainy day, and it was a disappointment. I'm glad I didn't pay any more than $24 or I would have been really upset. Some of the tanks have "coming soon". It's overly crowded with little room to move through between sides.... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many exhibits are empty ("coming later...") but this was a good stop for young kids. The turtles and large shark tank exhibits were especially appreciated. Average by aquarium standards and not cheap, but not a bad experience.

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Doylestown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first time here (visiting from Ohio) and we had a blast! We came about 15 mins before a jellyfish lecture (was 15 mins and super fun!) I fell in love with the aquarium when I finally saw my favorite animal - Otters!! We had fun with the sea turtle examination game too! The jellyfish exhibit was a... More 

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