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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

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Address: 374 Airport Rd, Off U.S. 64, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9485
Phone Number:
+1 252-475-2300
Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Great Place to Visit

This was one of the best aquariums that we have ever visited. It was reasonably priced and well worth every penny!! I highly recommend this place!!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
elsiejclay
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was one of the best aquariums that we have ever visited. It was reasonably priced and well worth every penny!! I highly recommend this place!!!

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mumbai
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Must visit. well maintained. Two huge great whites....which was what we went there for ! The aquarium is not that huge but the shark exhibit is of decent size.

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Thank vinzMumbai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed out visit! The large fish/shark tank is amazing as is the turtle rescue/hospital. There are interactive educational areas for adults and children as well as a touching tank. The otter were especially amusing! We completely enjoyed our time at the Aquarium!

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Red Oak, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the best stop on the way to or from the OBX. We never seem to get here often enough. They are constantly adding new things. The sea turtle hospital is awesome. We also love the touch tanks, the sharks, the seahorses...We love it all!

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Thank Kathy S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go here every year! Great place for all ages. I never get tired of it. Love the shark tank! There is also a "touch tank". So much fun.

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Thank Jessica K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Loved it so did the family, and to see that the turtle rescue is great. Look forward in going again. The new remodel looks great. Can not wait to see the jelly fish exhibit. The kids loved the touch tank and the sharks. Hope to be able to see the feeding of sharks next time.

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Stafford, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Its freezing in the place and to leave and go back in a few time. Felt like the North Pole. But great turtle displays. and was kept up nicely

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

It's been a long time since I've been to this aquarium but it was a rainy January day and we had nothing else to do so we decided to take the kids. The aquarium itself is pretty small but the exhibits are very well done. What gives it 5 stars is the programming. We got there just in time to... More 

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This is a small but very nice aquarium. The exhibits are fun and well maintained. The highlight is the turtle rescue. The volunteers are really attentive and will answer all your questions. You can watch volunteers and biologists working with a good portion of the rescued turtles. They also offer an interactive exhibit for kids to pretend to aid a... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

The tix seemed a bit pricey but we were glad we visited. We loved the diver show where we got to watch feeding time in the giant tank. Huge sharks swim right by the large window. There is an open area where you can pet stingrays and handle starfish. Also enjoyed the outdoor Dino park. Fun for kids

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