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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Address: 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449
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+1 910-458-8257
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure...

Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach (a short drive from Wilmington), enjoy an exploration of “The Waters of the Cape Fear.” Journey down the Cape Fear River – from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean - discovering unique habitats and aquatic wildlife. Meet a rare albino alligator named Luna. See the only spotted eagle ray on exhibit in the state. Get eye-to-eye with a loggerhead sea turtle. Talk to a SCUBA diver swimming with sharks rays and eels. Discover N.C.’s fiercest predator at the interactive Megalodon Exhibit. Touch sea stars, horseshoe crabs and even sharks! Play outside in the Adventure Reef play area. Free daily programs include dive presentations, animal feedings and encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures, classes, camps and more. Open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Tickets available at the door and online.

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Good size, lots of cool rotating exhibits

We are in our 2nd year of membership here, and honestly it's the best $75 we spend per year. The aquarium itself is pretty good, with a good variety of sea life, including a coral... read more

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Greenville, North Carolina
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Greenville, North Carolina
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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We are in our 2nd year of membership here, and honestly it's the best $75 we spend per year. The aquarium itself is pretty good, with a good variety of sea life, including a coral tank and lots of jelly fish exhibits. They do regular educational shows, have a shark tooth pit and a playground (which could benefit from a... More 

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Toney, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Small aquarium. But very well done. Great for school kids. The aquarium had fresh and salt water fish. A driver did feed the fish. A small but nice collection of lion fish and jelly fish.

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Thank David M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a spur of the moment thing to do seeing how it was to cold to be on the beach, it was really nice. I enjoyed being able to touch the sting rays and the sharks. Great place to take kids. It had a nice playground outside.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been to way bigger aquariums but this place was nice. Exhibits were very nice and informative. The indoor/outdoor area in the beginning was amazing great tanks and a bald eagle. A very nice aquarium for its size and a great get away for a few hours.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a school day, so it was less crowded than weekends or summer. Good displays of local fishes and many ocean dwellers. The aquarium is easy to walk both indoors and out.

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's not huge, maybe a medium size aquarium. It's a nice learning center. There are quite a few hands-on exhibits, and you can get right up close to the tanks to see everything. The hurricane wind booth was funny - bring cash and a brush to fix your hair, lol! It may not be very big, but it's big enough.... More 

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Surf City, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took our adult daughter and granddaughter (age 3) to see the traveling exhibition of the "Weeki Wachee Mermaids" as they performed in the dive tank. We had been told by other guests that there were two performers during each show, but the show we saw only had one and while she was very good, the overall show was lacking... More 

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Orange Park, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My brother in law, daughter and I took my 3 and 5 year old grandchildren and it was such a success! Multiple areas with different water creatures; alligator area behind glass including an albino gator; one giant tube filled with jellyfish so you can see them up close; a giant aquarium with many fish and different sharks... and on and... More 

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

many interesting and educational exhibits. Interactive, staff was knowledgeable, clean and well maintained

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Curtis, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the aquarium on a rainy day and it was an amazing experience! From the baby loggerhead in the aquarium to the jelly fish and the interactive activities, this place was a great visit and I'd definitely go again if we lived in North Carolina! I highly recommend!! I heard while there that people can take the ferry to... More 

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