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“A very fun educational visit.”

North Carolina Estuarium
Ranked #1 of 5 Tours in Washington
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

From the introduction of the unique sculpture in the lobby which represents North Carolina and a drop of water in its trip through a full cycle from sea to cloud to raindrop. A very good short film entertains and educates about the estuary area. The rest of spaces highlight the wildlife and history of the area. The best part of a visit in the summer is taking the pontoon boat ride up the river. The hour and a half ride was both fun and educational. The guide is very good at explaining the building and operation of railroad bridges and buildings and history of the area. If you are fortunate enough to see an Osprey in its nest he will also tell you how they migrate to Cental America. Very enjoyable and educational. A nice gift shop finishes the visit.

Thank Jackson B
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Visited while in town. Small but very informative museum. Learn the importance of the estuary to wildlife. Knowledgeable and friendly volunteers. They have boat rides on the river at certain times of the year starting in May or just walk down the waterfront on the waterfront walk. Very relaxing.

1  Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The cost was $5 which included a pontoon boat trip on the Pamlico and Tar Rivers. The whole experience was very educational. How the area developed, what kind of wildlife and fisheries are in the area, and some history about the town of Washington, NC. You can spend hours in the Estuarium if you what to read everything, and the boat ride is approx. one and a half hour. The price is good for all day.

1  Thank Bill S
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Learn something and enjoy the wonderful displays. The staff is wonderful and if you get a chance come take the River Roving tour May-October.

2  Thank Rebecca S
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

As stated in many of the previous reviews, the staff is knowledgable, helpful, and glad to share information about area waterways. The Estuarium has a $5 adult entrance fee, scenic introduction movie, great artwork in lobby (be sure to ask for its story), interesting exhibits, and my favorite, the boat tour. Captain Fred grew up in the area and knows the water very well, his stories are interesting and more. Boat tour is 1.5 hours, free but donations gratefully accepted, reservations suggested. Entire experience is a bargain and great way to spend a few hours.

4  Thank goneagain2
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