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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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Fun,Fun,Fun !!!!

To be a smaller aquarium it has alot to offer!! Very helpful and informative employee's. It even... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tracye F
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Great exhibits at Ft. Fisher Aquarium

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this state-run tourist site (1 of 3 in the state). Well and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
patshane
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Chapel Hill, 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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3786
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

To be a smaller aquarium it has alot to offer!! Very helpful and informative employee's. It even has a play area outside for the little ones with a snack bar!!! And is at the beach so you can make a day out of it !!!...More

Thank Tracye F
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this state-run tourist site (1 of 3 in the state). Well and attractively organized w informed staff. Intrigued by the albino alligator, loved the natural settings, and appreciated the sea turtle that was being raised for eventual release in...More

Thank patshane
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most states are fortunate to have one aquarium to educate and entertain its residents. North Carolinians actually have three aquariums from which to choose. Individually, none is as grand or spacious as the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, or the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A delightful place to spend time seeing aquatic wonders. I have not been since my children were little. It was still fun to enjoy as an adult without small children. Well worth the small price of admission.

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

Located at the very tip of Kure beach, the aquarium is easy to find and has plenty of parking. Entry rates are reasonable. The facility is well kept and has a lot of inviting displays and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. There is a...More

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

We visited the aquarium on a rainy day while on vacation to carolina Beach. Always fun! The kids loved it. It's still fairly inexpensive I was surprised.

Thank Miss A
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

I’m a big aquarium guy and this one didn’t disappoint. Would recommend it to anyone. Very affordable as well!

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

This aquarium is on the smaller side, but it definitely delivers in a big way. The exhibits are clean, easy to view, and well done. The aquarium has a wonderful setup when you first go in that makes you feel like you are outside exploring,...More

1  Thank BriStev
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

This aquarium is not huge but it offers a lot. From a touch pool to enclosures with sea horses, jelly fish, sharks, sea turtles, and many varieties of fish. Fun for youth, teens, and adults. They offer several education programs. We visited with 11 teenagers...More

1  Thank JLowry3402
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

We visited the Aquarium at Fort Fisher right after the holidays. Adding to the aquatic experience, there were approximately 30 Christmas trees on display, decorated by local businesses and organizations. We had a great afternoon seeing the eagle, albino alligator, jelly fish, and other critters....More

Thank Diane A
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Noah C
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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.
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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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