I took my two year old here in honor of shark week. I was debating whether we should travel to this aquarium or to Ripley's. I have been to this aquarium once before, but this time I enjoyed it a lot more. I have been to Ripley's multiple times and it seems to pricey and touristy for what it's worth. I also didn't feel like fighting the crowds, and along with the price I couldn't pass up North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Like other reviewers said, the layout is really great. There are multiple viewing stations for each exhibit so there aren't constantly people in your way. There is also a lot of big open space in case you need to pull to the side with your stroller to tend to your children or get settled. The employees were very friendly and so great with kids. Many children seemed like they really enjoyed being able to pet and touch the horseshoe crabs and stingrays. I also liked that my two year old could see almost every exhibit by walking up to it. I didn't have to lift him for anything. He really enjoyed himself, and I did too! I took him in and let him walk by himself and hold my hand. He loved all the exhibits. Although while chasing after him I had a hard time really looking at things, so we went threw a second time with him in his stroller. We will definitely be back. You can't go wrong for $10.95. I also really enjoyed the fact that two and under were free also.
*****While traveling threw, someone will eventually professionally take your photograph and give you a ticket with a number on it to go view. I wanted to buy the photo, but the aquarium only offered two packages. The cheapest one was $20. I didn't buy it. I later read my ticket and you are able to view your photos online and personalize them however you like. Many times while viewing photos at the attraction, you are rushed into buying something without really taking your time to view all of the options. There are also many more picture packages and options available for purchase. The cheapest photo you can buy is $7.95 and you can also buy yourself a high resolution digital download for $14.95. Many different photo products are available too, such as magnets, key chains, mugs, etc.
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