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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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For All Ages

We visited the aquarium with our 22 year old daugher (marine biology major). I knew she would enjoy... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Km P
Just so much fun. Great break after a beach day.

The animals are terrific, the employees are so knowledgeable and the grounds are very well kept... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
FunDays2010
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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 2 days ago

We visited the aquarium with our 22 year old daugher (marine biology major). I knew she would enjoy it, but I could also picture our kids as small again and could see how much they would have loved it at that age too. We really...More

Thank Km P
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The animals are terrific, the employees are so knowledgeable and the grounds are very well kept. Walked all around outside too. Only dad thing we saw was the condo above the public beach. Ugh, lots and lots of giant old sand bags. Maybe tear this...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went here after we discovered our sunny beach day was going to be rained on. At first, we thought, "Oh this is going to be a tiny aquarium" at first glance. Once we were inside, it kept going! We were ooohing...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. Very visual displays with lots of sea life examples. Excellent job relating everything to NC. The dive show was nice and enjoyed the feeding time. Good variety of things to see and do. We will be back to...More

Thank Debbie B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I visited the aquarium while at Carolina Beach for Spring Break. It's not as big as some others around the country, but compares very well due to the diverse collection they have. The slightly smaller size makes it especially good for kids...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a smaller aquarium, yet full of items to explore. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting and will likely return.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome family time exploring the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. We were amazed with the albino alligator, bald eagle, and the hatchling sea turtles. The NC Aquarium was wonderful set up to explore all kinds of ocean creatures. We spent most of our day there....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice aquarium but quite crowded. Fun outdoor animated dinosaur exhibit. Play presentations are interesting and the main tank is 2550

Thank kblass
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great time for the kids to enjoy up close and fantastic displays of sea life. Multi level facility.. Inside and outside exhibits.. State aquarium that rivals any... Great playground. Cool dinosaur exhibits.. Takes a couple hours.. We'll be back

Thank John P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While not a big acquarim, they do very well I. Keeping kids entertained and informed about the sea animals. Enjoyed the dive show and feature about jellyfish. Grandkids got to touch real jellyfish plus horseshoe crab and sleeping baby sharks. At the time also had...More

Thank Linda S
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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.
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kenwhitt1
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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