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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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Best Part of our Family Trip!!

I was with my mother at the Outerbanks recently and we stopped in Manteo to check out the aquarium before driving a further hour. It was terrific! The small size suited the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was with my mother at the Outerbanks recently and we stopped in Manteo to check out the aquarium before driving a further hour. It was terrific! The small size suited the island and I loved everything from the playful otters to the turtle rehabilitation. One of the women working at the rehabilitation centre spoke to us in-depth for 15... More 

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Avon, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The whole family loves going. We get to dig for shark teeth, rehab fake turtles, pet friendly sea creatures (all hands on). They have lots of fun little touches to keep the kids entertained and educate them at the same time. Great for birthday parties, rainy days, or taking a break from the sun. They have many events and special... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun place to go to. Children always want to go here whenever we are near by. It is off the beaten path, so when you think your lost getting there you are almost there. It's easier to follow the airport signs. The airport is beside the Aquarium. Now for the shark teeth. You don't want to go here without looking... More 

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Wendell, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not one to support animals in captivity simply as entertainment for people. But the Aquarium has loads of educational exhibits. The turtle rehabilitation and release program is great! This is what I like to see happening, rehabbing wildlife and returning them to their nature habitat.

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1 Thank DLFriedel
Sandy Ridge, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our stops ever time we go to Nags Head. Wonderful exhibits and great staff to answer lots of questions. We always find something new every time we visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

2 years ago we took our 6 & 3 year old grandsons this year we took our 2 1/2 year old grandson. A fun place for young children.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So, buying the annual family membership is great as it means you'll get access to most zoos and aquariums throughout the US! We've already used it for the aquarium in Wilmington, the NC Zoo, the Nashville Zoo and the Western NC Nature Center. We loved this aquarium and all of the exhibits.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To tell the truth, I have been to better aquariums. If you have a free afternoon and you want to make the drive, it is a good place to spend a couple of hours. It is located on the water and they do have a dock you can walk out on and view the water.

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Thank Cherylsj757
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my visit. Went on a weekday in the morning and had the place to ourselves. They have updated and made improvements. So peaceful, pleasant and colorful!

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Edenton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family has been visiting this aquarium for years and it never disappoints. Remodeled in 2016 with new tanks and decor. Great for small kids. They have a touch tank that allows one to gently touch many marine species. Huge tank with sharks native to NC. The alligators are a must see. One is an albino. Beautiful view of the... More 

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