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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Address: 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449
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+1 910-458-8257
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure...

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. See the only spotted eagle ray on exhibit in the state. Get eye-to-eye with a loggerhead sea turtle. Talk to a SCUBA diver swimming with sharks rays and eels. Discover N.C.’s fiercest predator at the interactive Megalodon Exhibit. Touch sea stars, horseshoe crabs and even sharks! Play outside in the Adventure Reef play area. Free daily programs include dive presentations, animal feedings and encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures, classes, camps and more. Open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Tickets available at the door and online.

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An Ocean of Wonders

The aquarium has hands on activities for children, great viewing areas to see the aquatic wildlife and information posted throughout the aquarium. My sisters and I had a wonderful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The aquarium has hands on activities for children, great viewing areas to see the aquatic wildlife and information posted throughout the aquarium. My sisters and I had a wonderful morning there. There were many families with young children who were having a wonderful time.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We have been lots of time and the kids never get tired of going to the aquarium. If you're going to go once or twice a year, it's worth getting the family membership. The membership gives you free admission to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheville. If you go to the zoo and aquarium at least once a year it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have young kids and visit the area every year or so because we have family in area. We tend to always make a stop at this aquarium. My grandfther would always take mybbrothers andnI here when we came for vaction every year. It is small and can be visited in an 1 and a half maybe 2 hours in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This aquarium is not very large, but does have an area to explore and walk onto the beach. The guides are very good at what they do. They talk about the brackish water and the different types of life in both the brackish and salt water. This is an easy trip for adults too. There fish tanks are three stories... More 

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I loved exploring this aquarium during Christmas time. Beautiful trees throughout. Favorite animals included a bald eagle, albino alligator, loggerhead sea turtle, horseshoe crabs and stingrays. Huge tank filled with sea-life that is two-stories high was mesmerizing to sit and enjoy.

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Hastings
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time there very nice place to go the staff there were great the had hands on we were able to touch Shark's, sting rays, star fish and horse shoe crabs we had a really great time we recommend going there and checking in out

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

First this aquarium has pleanty to see and we enjoy the slower pace to actually stop and look and read and explore. It is smaller than a lot we have been to but is also half the price of these as well. This aquarium provides much more knowledge and education than bigger tourist aquariums. The staff and volunteers are always... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We really enjoyed the two touch tanks and lucked out on being there for feeding time in the large tank. They also have dinosaurs outside on the trail and is worth the walk even in the rain, we had to do it twice!

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

The Aquarium at Fort Fisher near Kure Beach,NC was a wonderful surprise. The facility is first class and at a reasonable cost. Kids would love all the hands-on exhibits and the walk among full size animated and vocal Dinosaurs. The seahorse exhibit was especially interesting.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The NC Aquarium is a great place to visit. The volunteers are very helpful and are able to answer questions. The programs are very good and the diver is great with all ages during that program. There is a playground and trails on the outside of the Aquarium. The Cape Fear Festival of trees are very well done by the... More 

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