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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Address: 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone Number: +1 910-458-8257
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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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The NC Aquarium is a great place to visit. The volunteers are very helpful and are able to answer questions. The programs are very good and the diver is great with all ages... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Winston Salem, North Carolina

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The NC Aquarium is a great place to visit. The volunteers are very helpful and are able to answer questions. The programs are very good and the diver is great with all ages during that program. There is a playground and trails on the outside of the Aquarium. The Cape Fear Festival of trees are very well done by the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful aquarium for all ages and levels of interest. The indoor outdoor aspect is really appealing - best of both worlds. The exhibits are well planned, great information, hands on things for the kids to do and I love the gift shop which has really lovely gifts and not just cheap stuff. Spent 3 hours there and wasn't bored one... More 

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This aquarium is ideal for families with small children. It is small and very clean. There are areas children can touch the aquatic life. They have a nice walk through area outside that children can see and hear mechanical dinosaurs. Prove is very reasonable. As an adult I was hoping to see more but it is the perfect size for... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a return trip to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher for me and, I hope one of many more to come. Visiting friends from Wilmington - they had not visited the Aquarium but had it on their 'to do' list. This is a wonderful place to see and learn about all kinds of sea life on the Eastern... More 

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Conway, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to visit up close and personal very interesting place of history Bring the entire family and enjoy a full day of wonders of the ocean bring your camera takes lots of pictures and enjoy the relaxation of what God has given us

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Bristol, CT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I thought the aquarium was small but the kids loved it. It took about 3 hours to see everything. It is worth buying a membership to go free to other aquariums and zoos!

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fun place to take the family and it is fairly inexpensive. My wife and visited because we were already in the park. Very educational and some good spots for hands on activities. I have been to better aquariums but if you have kids this will make there day. Oh to be a kid again.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great day! Clean and well maintained! Very friendly, informative staff! The jelly fish were my favorites, but there were so many beautiful things to see! Plan on staying around for the divers that feed the fish and interact with the audience via special microphones while underwater!! Outdoors there is a dinosaur park with very life-like dinos that move... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After taking the ferry from Southport and finding Fort Fisher to be closed we went to the aquarium. It is expensive for the small umber of exhibits The albino gator was interesting and different.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoy going to this aquarium. They have really interesting exhibits displaying native animals and information on their habitats. In the summer, the butterfly house is also stunning; tons of butterflies landing on you. The gift shop is also awesome here; great for gifts. This is a great place to bring people from out of town or bring children... More 

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