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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449
+1 910-772-0500
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Great way to spend the day

Our last day in Carolina Beach was really cloudy and windy, so we decided to check out the aquarium... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Connie C
A must-see if you are in the area

My husband and I took our younger children to the aquarium and we all had a great visit. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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: 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 6 days ago

Our last day in Carolina Beach was really cloudy and windy, so we decided to check out the aquarium and we are glad we did. Great exhibits and everyone in the family enjoyed themselves, even my elderly father, who was concerned about walking, but it...More

Thank Connie C
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I took our younger children to the aquarium and we all had a great visit. The volunteers/workers were very helpful and informative. During our visit, we got to learn about one of the sea turtles they will be releasing soon.

Thank LawFam07
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very impressed with the exhibits at the aquarium, they were very well maintained and clean. Has something for everyone. In addition to the aquarium they also had an exhibit of lorikeet birds to enjoy. The birds very colorful and definitely not shy! They...More

Thank SarahR1949
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful visit on 08/25/17! The place is beautiful, and they have many different exhibits. Our grandkids really had a great time, and we did too! I would recommend this to any family looking to take a break from the beach.

Thank Brian W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This aquarium is SO worth the visit for all ages. I was very impressed with everything. All displays were kept up. Andy gave a wonderful program on turtles. I even learned more about them. All staff were very friendly & informative. If in the area,...More

Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Except eating outside in the heat was not my idea of fun. The albino alligator was very cool. I would go again anyways. It was fun and not too packed inside. My son loved the really big display with many fish in it.

Thank christianmozumdar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this aquarium last year during a trip to Kure and the whole family loved it! The aquarium is a perfect size (not huge but not small.. perfect), and has lots of different activities and things to do inside. (The ice cream is also...More

Thank Liizziie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is well staffed and a great learning experience for all ages. I haven't visited in a number of years and they have added new exhibits as well as educational programs. Good for all ages but not cheap...

Thank Y3324PDwilliamw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I took our young twins here one morning on our week long stay at Kure Beach. Based on the reviews, we anticipated that it would be smaller than other aquariums we have visited. However, it was cheaper than other aquariums we have...More

Thank mnh0514
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up going to the aquarium due to the rain, now this was already an attraction we wanted to see however was kinda disappointed.. We went to the elevator where the map was to make sure we wasn't going crazy... "We seen all the...More

Thank Terica M
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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!