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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

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Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Gets better every time

We have visited the aquarium on many occasions. Seems to get better every time we go. They change... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pikeville, North Carolina
Great attraction for the whole family

We enjoyed the morning with the whole family. It was a really good time and was very pleased at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pati P
New Bern, North Carolina
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Dive into adventure. Take a tour of North Carolina’s aquatic life “from the mountains to the sea.” Talk with divers as they swim with sharks in the Living Shipwreck, featuring a WW II German U-boat replica. Laugh at the antics of playful river...more
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1 Roosevelt Blvd, Cary Nc 27511, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512-6813
+1 252-247-4003
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited the aquarium on many occasions. Seems to get better every time we go. They change the exhibits from time to time so it doesn’t get “old”. Learn something new every time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the morning with the whole family. It was a really good time and was very pleased at how well it was for a small aquarium. We would definitely recommend any one to visit for there is something for all ages. Parking was plentiful....More

Thank Pati P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful activity for the kids. My 2 year absolutely loved going in and seeing all of the exhibits, especially the stingray encounter. The dinosaur exhibits were also great for the little ones. Will definitely be back.

Thank Brittany R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second or third visit to the Aquarium. My kids are teenagers now and they enjoyed actually stopping long enough to read a few things and learn something. They still love the touch tanks and honestly, so do I. The tanks are super...More

Thank Stacy P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place if you need to get out of the sun for a bit or avoid a rainy day. It's easy to find, and there's plenty of parking. It can get pretty crowded, so go early. We took our five year old, and it was...More

Thank rachel1121
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we went to NC, they were having the after affect of Tropical Storm Alberto. This meant that there was one day of solid rain on our trip and we were a little bummed. Who drives 16 hours one way to the beach to watch...More

Thank Paula B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently visited the aquarium at pine Knoll shores and had a great time. We even decided to book a paddle board and a behind the scenes tour. Our tour guide was great and we were impressed with his knowledge and his patience with our...More

Thank The_Spruills
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow- really nice aquarium. Had lots of stuff for kids. Touch pool. Sting rays. Turtle rescue place. We had two kids with us and spent most of the day there. Everyone just loved it/

Thank F7339XLstepheng
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This aquarium has an amazing amount of information about conservation and uses injured rescue birds in their shows. This place has a great variety of fresh and salt water local fish. There are a number of sharks, turtles and beautiful displays of Lion and Jellyfish....More

Thank elizabeth b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With a rainy day approaching, we decided to visit the aquarium. Admission was reasonable and we spent several hours exploring the exhibits. Nothing exceptional about the aquarium (we might be spoiled by the amazing aquarium near our home), but a better way to spend a...More

Thank Natalie C
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31 May 2018|
Response from TheSouthernExplorer | Reviewed this property |
As far as activities are concerned, you cannot beat Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While the big resorts are going to cost a significant amount during the summer, there are lots of condo complexes with individual owners and... More
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23 January 2017|
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Response from Lauren P | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at a private rental. It was affordable, very convenient and nice to have a kitchen and laundry.