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North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island Manteo

Where is it at?

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North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road
Manteo
NC
27954
Tel: 252-473-3494

Directions

The aquarium is on 374 Airport Rd, From Raleigh, take Hwy 64 to Columbia and Manns Harbor. Cross the Memorial Bridge and take a left at the 1st stop life east of the Dare Bridge. head through Manteo until you see Airport Road on the left, Take a left and follow the signs.

There is a large parking area provided for visitors. Worth noting during the summer months and March to May these often fill up.

Where are we going today?

North Carolina has some pretty incredible creatures just local to it's shores, so what better way to enjoy these than with an aquarium dedicated to these amazing creatures!?

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has THE largest ocean tank in the state (holding a whopping 285,000 gallons!) It is filled with incredible ocean life, including the largest shark collection in the state! Scary!

Sweet sea turtles and colorful, friendly fish also call this tank their home. Imagine as you spend time looking at these creatures gliding through the waters. What must it be like to live there? It's also a great time to chat to kids about the affects humans have on our oceans. Do you think they enjoy living in our oceans?

The aquarium is a great place for kids to learn more about the animals and the waters, which is why the aquarium ensure daily educational programs. These programs are performed by scuba divers who actually get IN with the animals and explain all about their habits and habitats. 

There are a number of galleries that kids can explore and enjoy, the most incredible experience being the Operation: Sea Turtle Rescue, where kids of all ages actually get to diagnose and treat a  replica of an injured sea turtle before releasing it back into the sea! A true once in a lifetime experience that will open their eyes to a whole new encounter.

Other exhibits include Wetlands on the Edge, where they can experience the feel of the states very important wetlands. They will encounter otters, alligators, fish and turtles, as well as plants.

Kids - every wanted to TOUCH a stingray!? At the Close Encounters exhibit, you can get your hands as wet as you like and dive right in (pun intended!) and see what sharks, stingrays and sea stars feel like. Don't worry about the sharks - they're only small! 

An incredible underwater experience for the whole family. 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10.95 (ages 13 - 61)
  • Children$8.95 (ages 3 - 12)
  • Free Under: 2
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Daily 9am - 5pm

Year round, but closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Teachers corner

If you want to book a school trip, make sure you register 2 weeks prior!

The aquarium also offer a number of activities across the year, such as day camps and field trips! .

I'm Hungry!

Food and drink from home aren't allowed in the aquarium. Snacks and soft drink machines are available outside the exit doors. .

Any Top Tips?

The aquarium hold FREE days! Just head on down on Martin Luther King Day or Veteran's Day and enjoy! Everyone should be able to enjoy our oceans. .

Need a little extra help?

All entrances, exits and exhibits are wheelchair accessible, as are the restrooms. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available for visitors. .

More information

Allow aout 2 hours to enjoy the aquarium!.

What people are saying?

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    It was a great day with yall...we love all the animals especially the sea turtles...and we r now foster parents and supporters of the turtles. ..we will definitely be coming back to see everything again soon...thank you...

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    Excellent place for learning and exploring. Very kid-friendly. Staff is helpful and full of knowledge. Love the remodeling. Definitely going again.

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    one of the better aquariums for the price. Small in scale but big on delivery. short hours (9-5) but in the off-season there is plenty of room to move around.
    fun hourly (or so) talks by the staff and plenty of up-close exhibits make it engaging for the young folks (we have 4 boys ages 2-8). The NOAA/NASA 360 degree theater is pretty cool and a nice break after scooting around slowly for an hour or two.

    thanks to the staff for a good time!

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    This was the highlight of our trip! Great variety of animals-fish, turtles, alligators, sharks, small sea animals you can touch, and my favorite, otters! Definitely kid-oriented, including the gift shop. My only disappointment: I couldn't find a shark tooth in the sand pit to take home as a momento.

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    Nice aquarium, good prices.

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