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“Fun for the Entire Family”

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Kure Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach (a short drive from Wilmington), enjoy an exploration of “The Waters of the Cape Fear.” Journey down the Cape Fear River – from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean - discovering unique habitats and aquatic wildlife. Meet a rare albino alligator named Luna. Get eye-to-eye with a loggerhead sea turtle. Talk to a SCUBA diver swimming with sharks rays and eels. Compare teeth with a megalodon. Touch sea stars, horseshoe crabs and even sharks! Play outside in the Adventure Reef play area. Feed free-flying tropical birds. Free daily programs include dive presentations, animal feedings and encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures, classes, camps and more. Open 363 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Days). Tickets available at the door and online.
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Take the ferry from Southport to Fort Fisher and the NC Aquarium! Wonder exhibits throughout, including hands-on touchable exhibits of horsehoe craps and other sea creatures. I love the jelly fish in black light - very etherial! Fun for all! Great family experience.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

Never thought I would say that I find a fish or sea turtle "cuddly" but I instantly fell in love with the sea turtles and the puffer fish. Brought my son and he and I both touched a small shark and horseshoe crab. Awesome learning experience for us both. Have a greater respect for aquatic living animals. Would so recommend!!

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

The aquarium boast more then fish it is worldly knowledge in one location. we loved the gardens and well appointed walkway nature trail.
They have lots of tanks where you can touch the exhibits, including a shark if your brave enough, good job its only 2 ft long. You can also see the native plant to North Carolina the Venus Flytrap and a whole range of other carnivorous plants.

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

This is one of the best aquariums I have been to. The kids loved it, and there are lots of teaching moments. They gave a military discount, which I loved.

1  Thank marlin61
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

The NC aquarium is a great place to visit, with kids or without. I will speak for our visit, during which we enjoyed the aquarium with two children, a 3-year-old and an 11-month-old. The aquarium is a nice size, not too large that you get overwhelmed and not so small as to be boring. Further, they have a unique playground for kids to play on when the weather is nice. There are trails around, but we did not have time to explore them. The aquarium is nicely maintained and very clean. Also, there are a variety of exhibits that represent a wide range of places. This is definitely worth a visit.

1  Thank emmer78
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