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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

#1 of 10 things to do in Kure Beach Features Animals
900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449
+1 910-772-0500
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Average Aquarium, but LOVED the lorikeets!

We explored the aquarium, led by our 7 year old grandson who had been there before. He strolled by... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tere T
via mobile
Don't waste your time!

I was really disappointed with this aquarium. We had been before and enjoyed it, I guess because we... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dana B
Salisbury, North Carolina
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449
+1 910-772-0500
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We explored the aquarium, led by our 7 year old grandson who had been there before. He strolled by most of the exhibits with only a few of them capturing his attention. He tried to pet the rays but they stayed out of his reach....More

Thank Tere T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was really disappointed with this aquarium. We had been before and enjoyed it, I guess because we had no expectations. Since going, we visited the aquarium in Beaufort and we were "wowed!" I came back to Fort Fisher with my mom and sister and...More

Thank Dana B
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had not been to the Fort Fisher Aquarium in at least 10 years. Many pleasant changes (although we do miss the otters!). The lorikeet exhibit (outside the aquarium) was fantastic! We had a terrific time overall.

Thank dirtbikegirl2015
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great small museum with a nice variety of exhibits! Especially enjoyed the jellyfish exhibit and how kid friendly everything was!

Thank sciluver
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I was very pleased with the exhibit @ the North Carolina Aquarium. There were many species of sea life represented. There are opportunities to pet crabs, stingrays, & small sharks. There is also a gift shop & restaurant.

Thank jawhite72
Reviewed 1 week ago

From our 3-year-old to his grandparents, and everyone in between, there was something there for everyone! Such beautiful displays of ocean life!

Thank 863danny
Reviewed 1 week ago

Aquarium was easy to find and enjoyable. Not difficult at all to navigate. Interesting exhibits. Great for all.

Thank Knowing1594
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everywhere I travel if there is an aquarium, I go. this one did not disappoint! There were learning experiences everywhere! We even went outside and walked the paths and turtles as well as sculptures and not so very nice spiders (eeewww!!) The staff were very...More

Thank MrsAnnieB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very great place to visit with kids. Very informative and have great feature of identifying with sea turtles. Check out the hurricane simulator.

Thank Padre73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very fun and informative place. Not just fish but other wildlife as well including a butterfly garden where your kids will be fascinated as the butterflies surround them and even land on them. It is not the biggest aquarium but it is packed with displays...More

Thank SgtFrankChill
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20 April 2017|
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Response from ruthf289 | Reviewed this property |
I was a teacher and also took students to the Aquarium in Fort Fisher. It was fantastic. There were plenty of places for the students to learn. There were marine biologists who took the students out on the beach and taught... More
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26 March 2017|
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Response from Alice C | Reviewed this property |
I don't rememberany sharks but it was an excellent aquarium with many interesting exhibits. Enjoy!