For some unexplained reason, this fantastic centerpiece of the Washington, NC waterfront is not considered an "attraction" of Washington. Snap to it, TripAdvisor! We visited on an overcast October Tuesday and were wowed by the intelligence, care, and love for the regional environment on exhibit here. The Washington, NC waterfront on the Pamlico River is trying hard to establish itself as a tourist destination in coastal North Carolina. They couldn't have a better partner than the Estuarium. It's an educational center, an entertainment center, a learning environment, and a really nice place for kids and adults to learn about the rarity of estuaries in America and the value of this one, the second largest estuary in the United States (#1 is the Chesapeake). The staff volunteers love their jobs, give interesting guidance and highlight unique local art that explains how an estuary works. There's a touching film and a worthwhile self-directed exhibit area plus an outdoor boardwalk that lets you get a little personal time with the broad, beautiful Pamlico River.