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“The Best Stop in Washington, North Carolina”

North Carolina Estuarium
Ranked #1 of 5 Tours in Washington
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

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.

6  Thank NCLoggerheads
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

The guides are informative and passionate about what they do. The boardwalk is interesting and the exhibits are well kept. It doesn't take long to see all. Parking is easy. The availability of riding the boat is very limited. Make reservations well in advance.

2  Thank DEBORAH H
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

A visit to the site of the NC Estuarium Museum was an absolute delight and treat for our 8 year old granddaughter and us (the grandparents.) The "hands-on" area for kids was great. W learned so much about this important area along this brackish area. Our biggest regret was not calling soon enough to reserve on of the 10 spots per trip on the free river boat trip on the Pamilico/Tar River. Next time we will call way in advance to insure our spot on this educational river tour. Be sure to ask for a detailed explanation of the most unusual sculpture in the lobby.

2  Thank mnhicks55
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This museum is very special! It has a short movie explaining about the Pamilico River and what a brackish environment is. They also have a "hands-on" area for children! It is located right on the river with access to a boarwalk! Lovely venue!!

1  Thank Sharon Y
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Reviewed 5 February 2013

Such a wonderful place to visit. I've been there several times with school groups and the kids always love it. Also, has a great gift shop that everyone needs to visit.

1  Thank Betty W
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