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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Best aquarium we’ve been to

We are big aquarium fans and my family voted this one the best.Good size, lots of amazing animals... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mendy T
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Rainy day visit

While on Spring Break we went to the aquarium on a rainy day. It is quite fascinating to pet the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Dive into adventure. Take a tour of North Carolina’s aquatic life “from the mountains to the sea.” Talk with divers as they swim with sharks in the Living Shipwreck, featuring a WW II German U-boat replica. Laugh at the antics of playful river...more
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1 Roosevelt Blvd, Cary Nc 27511, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512-6813
+1 252-247-4003
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We are big aquarium fans and my family voted this one the best.Good size, lots of amazing animals and the outdoor area was a nice treat.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Mendy T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While on Spring Break we went to the aquarium on a rainy day. It is quite fascinating to pet the rays and horseshoe crabs. The aquarium offers several different programs and walking trails...which we didn't use because of the rain. Although it is mainly geared...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 353lydiar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i really love this place it has a real owl that you can get up close with and the river otters i could watch all day long i really love to come here every time i come to the beach

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jeanettelamm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This aquarium was well worth the price of admission. And it is worth mentioning that as long as you keep your receipt you can come and go as you please (leave to get lunch for example). I recommend this stop to anyone looking to kill...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is a great place to spend time appreciating our world and learning about some of the creatures that inhabit it. They have a wonderful range of fish and even have a few reptiles. One exhibit that stands out...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Thad1066
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Plan to spend a couple of hours here to fully experience the exhibit. Of course, this is an aquarium--from the mountains to the sea, but because of its geographical location there is more emphasis on the salt water species. Consider signing up for a behind...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank williamtheplanner1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Aquarium for adults and kids, lots of wildlife to see and they have a great dinosaur exhibit and a nice gift shop

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John Gerald P
Reviewed March 11, 2019 via mobile

It has been years since we had been here last, the penguins are gone but they have sting rays now. My daughter loved the snake enclosure and the dock outside has been extended, overall a wonderful place to come and check out. Looking forward to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 5, 2019

The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is a gem! A very dedicated staff and service crew maintain the exhibits, the building, and the surrounding landscape in a beautiful, ecologically supportive way. The fish, reptiles, and mammals are prized inhabitants and are treated accordingly. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 373docps
Reviewed February 14, 2019

Visited this aquarium while in the area for a long weekend. First visit and very impressed. We really liked the division of geographic areas of North Carolina. And the largest aquarium display was wonderful, with the mock submarine. Nicely presented and educational.

Date of experience: January 2019
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September 6, 2018|
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Response from elizabethdF7489ZD | Reviewed this property |
No they only have a small area for the snakes they are outside and in cages
August 13, 2018|
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Response from NCAquariumPKS | Property representative |
You can avoid seeing the sharks. There are sharks in the Living Shipwreck habitat in the Ocean Gallery and one shark in the Queen Anne's Revenge habitat in the Tidal Waters Gallery. You are able to see most of the Aquarium... More