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“Great for Kids and Adults”

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
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Owner description: 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 otters, touch a stingray or enjoy programs free with admission. Field trips and other activities are available for additional fees. On-site snack bar and gift shop.
Reviewed November 2, 2012

We bought an annual pass for adults and grandkids, and every time that we're in the area we go visit the aquarium. If my memory serves me right, on Tuesdays and Thursdays they feed the sharks at the same time they feed the other fish. It's great to see these ferocious-looking fish swimming around with a smaller fish in its jaws. The employee narrating the fish-feeding seemed knowledgable and was quite personable, willing to help us understand anything about the aquarium that interested us.

It normally takes us about 2 hours to see the aquarium, and grandkids always consider it a treat to go. This last time we went with some adults visiting us who had a zoo pass from another state. The zoo pass got them in free, and as leaving, they said that it was one of the best aquariums they had ever visited.

The tanks are all well-kept and clean.

Touching the stingrays is fun for kids and adults alike. This time there was one small stingray who kept coming up to the surface to have its "wings" lightly touched.

My personal favorite is the river otters. I love to see them playing, diving into the water, running from area to area and diving in the water again. This time we saw the three otters being fed. The employee "hid" fish in places around the exhibit. Then the otters were released to come back in, and they "searched" for the fish.

In the baby turtle exhibit, there were a half dozen or so small turtles who had been rescued from a birth this last August. It was amazing to see how much they had grown in just 2-3 months. Apparently they keep the small turtles for a couple of years and then have them released out in the gulf stream.

In the past, when the weather is bad at the beach, we head for the aquarium. The only problem with this is most everyone has the same idea! So it gets a little crowded. This time, it was a nice day in October, and we had lots of space.

Really worth the trip!

Thank CLTKiter
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

I went to Trick or Treat Under the Sea this past weekend and it was great. My son is younger but he loved looking at the fish and all the bright lights and costumes.

Thank Bella M
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

This was a great place to visit in Pine Knoll Shores. It is a very nice and well kept facility. All of the employees and volunteers were very nice and directed us to see live demos/exhibits. I typically avoid these but was very impressed by the information given. They were interactive and asked the kids to participate and answer questions. It was great to learn how many different aquatic wildlife there are in the area.

Thank 321GregB
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Totally unique and fun! We saw creatures we had not previously seen around here. Well kept and informative and within hiking or biking distance of our Hotel.

Thank Charmian B
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Went for the first time to the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The grounds and building are well kept. The exhibits are well presented and there are people available to give you information on some of the exibits ie; the stingray tank and the baby loggerhead turtle exhibit. There is an area on the deck when you leave the building, to sit down and relax and have an ice cream from Dairy Queen which is located on the deck outside the exit door of the aquarium. Overall, a great place to go.

Thank CaribLover_8
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