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North Carolina Aquarium Fort Fisher

Kure Beach, NC

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Address: 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449, USA Number: (910) 772-0500 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Have you ever looked out across that big ocean of ours and thought "I wonder what is underneath there?"

At North Carolina Aquariums in Fort Fisher, they will show you! They also give you an insight into the weird and wonderful creatures that are native to the North Carolina area - pretty cool huh!

The aquarium wants to make sure that every kid that passes through its doors gains a greater understanding of other creatures that we share this planet with, but that we don't often see.

They have daily programs which are appropriate for all ages and give kids an opportunity to learn about these marine environments, and see these wonderful creatures up close! They have a chance to interact with the staff too, so they can ask any questions they like! The programs are available on a first come-first served basis so when you arrive, best have a look what is on, and ensure you plan your time wisely.  You don't want to miss out!

Dialog with a Diver is a fascinating experience - wait...you can talk to a diver when underwater? No way! 

The Observe Aquariums divers are part of the 235,000 gallon Cape Fear Shoals exhibit where they spend their days swimming with eels, rays and even sharks! (Not many people can say that about their job!)

The divers can answer ANY of your questions about the inhabitants, all the while submerged 20 feet! Not something you can say you did every day!

The Creature Feature area gives the whole family and opportunity to learn about selected animals up close, without having to view through a tank. Crab,s rays, alligators and turtles are all lively encounters you can enjoy. Yes - alligators!

Have a fun dress up experience in Ocean Odyssey where you can dress up like a shark! Why not! You can also test your Aquarium knowledge and touch a turtle shell. Is it what you imagined it would feel like?

And of course, they also have daily animal feedings at 11am and 3pm where the friendly staff will give kids an insight into the animals feeding patterns, and their diet. There are different animals every day so make sure you check whats on!

Are you ready to take an underwater adventure!? 

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How much does it cost?



$12.95 (ages 13 - 61)



$10.95 (ages 3 - 12)



Seniors over 62 and military: $11.95


Free Under

2 and NC Aquarium Society members


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Additional Information

Most visitors tour the aquarium is about two hours, but if you ant to participate in programs like searching for relics or the gift shop, allow more time!

Any top tips?


If you visit in April or May, you will probably be sharing your experience with a lot of young visitors!

I'm Hungry!


Watch out - Shark! No wait, it's just the SharkBites snack bar. Phew! They are just outside the gift shop and they offer a variety of food and drink daily in March to September, and on weekends Oct and nov. Closed Dec - Feb. There are also vending machines located inside the aquarium.

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Where is it at?


Get on down to 900 Loggerhead Road in Kure Beach!

Teachers corner


Field trips are a great way for kids to learn about these marine animals and the North Carolina environment! NC schools get free admission so make sure you register early!

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in North Carolina

When can we go?

9am - 5pm / 7 days a week

Year round but closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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