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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3786
+1 910-772-0500
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Indoor fun

Great indoor fun on a wet windy winter day. Very nice aquarium with interesting displays. The kids... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Palmer, Alaska
via mobile
Winter Wonderland

We enjoyed the usual sights as always with a wonderful surprise! The building was filled with... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
John C W
Lisbon, Ohio
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3786
+1 910-772-0500
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great indoor fun on a wet windy winter day. Very nice aquarium with interesting displays. The kids had lots of fun seeing sealife from Carolina coast. Staff were very engaged sharing lots of information. Awesome way to spend some time especially on a wet day....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed the usual sights as always with a wonderful surprise! The building was filled with beautifully decorated Christmas Trees!

Thank John C W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful place for all ages. The volunteers and staff are very friendly and helpful. Their knowledge is great of the areas they are working in. I was there during the Festival of Trees, too. This is wonderful time to visit during the Christmas holidays.

Thank Wade S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a weekday. There were several volunteers to answer questions. They were knowledgeable and pleasant. Plenty to see and touch. Good local history as well as local nature info. The walking paths are not too long and are interesting. Plan to visit the...More

Thank Patricia J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit. The grounds and the exhibits were all very clean and well done. We got to see an albino alligator and an Eagle that was rescued from our home state of Wisconsin! A wide variety of both fresh and saltwater fish...More

Thank Doreen M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hoping for a sunny beach day, but got rain. So we went to this aquarium and were blown away by how well the exhibits were put together and maintained and nice the staff was! You get a great sampling of NC's fresh and saltwater ecosystems...More

Thank bluedevils78
Reviewed 5 November 2017

This place was nice and nice staff. Lots of animals, plants, and insects to see. The exhibits were nice and clean. Lots of things to interact with, and see. I had a lot of fun walking around looking at everything. they had lots of shows,...More

Thank Marlena C
Reviewed 20 October 2017

We have been here with our kid's and grandkid's and had a blast. This trip we went by ourselves and we still had a fun day. Shark tank's, turtles, all kind's of fish and some reptiles. They have live talk's at different exhibit's with posted...More

Thank Ann C
Reviewed 17 October 2017

if you like Zoos and animals --this is a must see! great friendly and informative staff, see Maverick the Bald eagle who is looked over by a kind and efficient caretaker staff and Drena the volunteer. Other great live exhibits include the albino aligator LUNA....More

Thank Edward S
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

The aquarium is small, and doesn't take long to go through. Has good , informative exhibits on aquatic life found locally. A good way to kill an hour or two on a chilly day!

Thank Cruizlvr
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Noah C
5 December 2017|
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Response from Wade S | Reviewed this property |
Call aquarium. Normally you can pick them up before you leave. There is someone working at desk near gift shop who normally helps with them.
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
Tonya D
26 March 2017|
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