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Marsh Madness Was a Great Program!

This past week, we attended Marsh Madness, which was a free program given by the Island Center... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
Columbia, Maryland
Marsh Madness- We got to go crabbing

Made a reservation for my husband, my son and I for the Marsh Madness 1 hour free tour. We got to... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2018
Wanda D
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The Ocean Center provides a wide variety of recreational and educational activities for people of all ages. Please come view the exhibits, experience the wetlands and coastal forest, attend our programs and events, and use our ocean access.
57204 North Carolina Highway 12, Hatteras, Hatteras Island, NC 27943
+1 252-564-9575
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Reviewed 26 August 2018

This past week, we attended Marsh Madness, which was a free program given by the Island Center. Our instructor was James, who was super nice and very informative and great with kids. We had 4 adults and 4 kids (kids ranged in age from 2.5-8)....More

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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Made a reservation for my husband, my son and I for the Marsh Madness 1 hour free tour. We got to learn all about the different types of crabs in NC. Then we actually got to go crabbing. We each caught Blue crabs on a...More

2  Thank Wanda D
Reviewed 9 August 2018

The staff at the Ocean Center are great. We learned many things about the ocean/sound habitat and the animals who live there. We enjoyed fishing for blue crabs (and it was a free activity). They also told us about the baby sea turtle excavations that...More

Thank SarahTSparta
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Summer interns very helpful in getting in and out of kayaks. 2 people in a kayak toured marsh and sound. Interns engaging with life in and around the marsh. Storm was coming so return trip was WET.

1  Thank julye1992
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the campfire event this past week. The guides were super personable and pleasant but...the event was quite unorganized and scattered. We had a great time, but there were so many ways it could have been better. Benches should have been predug by two...More

1  Thank StefCentralVA
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

We went on a morning bird walk, part on the marsh and part on the beach, and identified a large variety of birds. The two staff who led it were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We highly recommend it!

1  Thank Fred I
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Stopped by while the rest of our group went fishing. We had a 3 year old so unfortunately couldn't go kayaking, but we enjoyed the little walkway in the marshy area, and the exhibits inside. Great and helpful staff.

1  Thank MountainSunSea
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

This place was great! We always stop in at nature centers on vacation if we find one. This one is staffed by interns...each with their own niche. They walked kids through each display and took the time to answer their questions and acknowledge the somewhat...More

2  Thank Ashley P
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I had such a great kayak tour!!! The interns were very nice and knew a bunch!! Definitely a highlight of our vacation!! The price was great also...only $40 a person for a 2 hour tour!!! Highly recommend!!!!

Thank Michelle R
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

What a nice place to visit, they have the friendliest staff. Check out all of the programs they offer on their website. We chose the campfire with s’mores and catching ghost crabs. However, unexpected weather popped up and we had to get a refund. But...More

Thank Mary Ann G
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16 May 2018|
Response from Eric K | Property representative |
Hello and thanks for your question. As much as we love dogs, not all of our visitors do. So, we think it is best that you don't bring your dog with you on any programs or inside the exhibit hall. Hope you will still come for... More
Allison E
26 August 2016|
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Response from suzanne d | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know. We were south of Avon and only ate lunch there once.
26 January 2016|
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Response from GrandmomDB | Reviewed this property |
I would have to say what the others said give them a call.