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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Address: 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone Number:
+1 910-772-0500
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure...

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.

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A surprise around each corner

We had visited this facility about 8 years ago. I had been chasing after my then-three year old granddaughter so I cannot say I remember any of the exhibits. This time it was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Genie M
Matthews, North Carolina
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Matthews, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had visited this facility about 8 years ago. I had been chasing after my then-three year old granddaughter so I cannot say I remember any of the exhibits. This time it was just my DH and myself so we really got to explore and take in the presentations. With the senior rate, we found the entry fee reasonable. The... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I LOVE the Aquarium, And I am a member of the NC Aquarium and Zoological Society. Not only is the facility designed to house and protect all manner of marine life, there is a sustainable marsh area where visitors may view coastal plantlife and coast birds. The Aquarium is dedicated to continuing education and hosts countless school field trips and... More 

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Front Royal, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The aquarium is on the small side compared to many we have visited, but there are a lot of great exhibits. Several touch tanks allow for a hands-on experience. A small outdoor play area was fun for the kids. We also paid additional to enter the birds display. You can purchase nectar and feed the birds. Be prepared because they... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If your at the beach when it rains this is a great place to go. All the exhibits were very cool. The main aquarium is really cool. A great way to learn about wildlife and have fun too.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There were touch tanks and great displays indoors. Knowledgeable young people were on hand to answer questions. Food is pricey. Walkways provide an enjoyable escape from the crowds inside. There is an entrance fee.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did an overnight "Sleeping with the Fishes" trip with our Cub Scout pack over 2 weekends - March 4th and March 11th and had a super time. Our pack is so large that we had to split into 2 groups over 2 weekends. The staff at the aquarium did a great job of providing a quality program. The planning,... More 

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Maryville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always visit here on our trips to North Myrtle Beach. Always fun and informative. The new playground outside is awesome for the kids. Even though this isn't a large aquarium, we seem to really enjoy it better than the large places. The ferry ride over from Southport is always fun.

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Newport News, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the aquarium visit. Most of the exhibits related to fauna of the N.C. coastal area and were presented in an educational manner. I think it is certainly worth your time.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful place to spend three hours. There are hands on activities as well as amazing animals. It is educational and fun for both young and old. Easy access and plenty of parking.

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Glenbeigh, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an NC museum with interactive exhibits, lots of volunteer and paid staff to answer questions and just the right amount of sea creatures to keep it interesting. We visited with two young grandsons and they learned a lot and enjoyed it. There's also a butterfly house where they land on you with many different species. Beautiful location and... More 

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