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North Carolina Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores Pine Knoll Shores

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North Carolina Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd
Pine Knoll Shores
NC
28512
Tel: 252-247-4003

Directions

They are just 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach. From the NC58, turn onto Pine Knoll Blvd and at Milepost 7, turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd, and there are signs to the aquarium.

Their GPS is 34°41’58″N, 76°49’46″W

Where are we going today?

Let's all go exploring the incredible ocean! The Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium has a large variety of fun and of course educational programs and activities for the whole family to get involved with.

Ever spoken to a diver underwater? At Living Shipwreck, you can talk to divers in a 306,000 gallon tank! (How do you think you'll be able to do that?), or perhaps kids want to see what happens at feeding time? 

Want to touch a sea turtle? Of course you do! You can also see what horseshoe crabs and other cute creatures feel like in the live-animal program on any dy that you visit. If you're lucky you might even see the otters come out! 

For an extra small fee, give the kids something they will never forget with a behind-the-scenes look at the aquarium, and see what it's like the other side of the exhibits!

The aquarium is more than happy to accommodate birthday parties, so why not celebrate your special day with all the fish and underwater creatures!?

They also have a host of educational programs, including special homeschooling days! They have Barrier Island Exploration marsh walks which are free and offered twice a day. In fact, aquarium admission and Homeschool Day activities (except behind the scenes tours) are free for homeschool families!  

Don't forget about their special festive events, like Halloween's Trick or Treat Under The Sea, or Santa By The Sea in December! They are always popular with families and a ton of fun to be a part of! Make sure you register early! 

Happy ocean exploring!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10.95 (ages 13 - 61)
  • Children$8.95 (ages 3 - 12)
  • Free Under: 2 and free for homeschool families!
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9am - 5pm

Daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Teachers corner

North Carolina school groups are admitted free if you register in advance - amazing!.

Any Top Tips?

The aquarium offers FREE entry on Veterans Day, Nov 11, and Martin Luther King Jr holidays - for everyone!.

Doing our bit

The aquarium strive to protect the ocean through conservation work and undertake endless research to try and improve their understanding of how to do this. .

What people are saying?

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    nice atmosphere. Amazing setup and features.

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    I absolutely love this aquarium. We come every year and it's always amazing. The sting ray touch is a must do.

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    Very nice aquarium! Lots of fun!

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    Wow! $8 and one of the best for its size. Otters were adorable. Better than the Charleston aquarium at a third of the cost. Also has several touch tanks and and less crowded than any aquarium I've been to.

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    ....Beautiful place ....great staff

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