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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449
+1 910-772-0500
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Fun day!

We have been here with our kid's and grandkid's and had a blast. This trip we went by ourselves and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ann C
Gret little Aquarium---you must see Maverick the American Bald eagle looked over by volunteer Drena & Luna white gator

if you like Zoos and animals --this is a must see! great friendly and informative staff, see... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Edward S
Lexington, South Carolina
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Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach (a short drive from Wilmington), enjoy an exploration of “The Waters of the Cape Fear.” Journey down the Cape Fear River – from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean - discovering unique habitats and aquatic wildlife. Meet a rare albino alligator named Luna. Get eye-to-eye with a loggerhead sea turtle. Talk to a SCUBA diver swimming with sharks rays and eels. Compare teeth with a megalodon. Touch sea stars, horseshoe crabs and even sharks! Play outside in the Adventure Reef play area. Feed free-flying tropical birds. Free daily programs include dive presentations, animal feedings and encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures, classes, camps and more. Open 363 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Days). Tickets available at the door and online.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449
+1 910-772-0500
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been here with our kid's and grandkid's and had a blast. This trip we went by ourselves and we still had a fun day. Shark tank's, turtles, all kind's of fish and some reptiles. They have live talk's at different exhibit's with posted...More

Thank Ann C
Reviewed 6 days ago

if you like Zoos and animals --this is a must see! great friendly and informative staff, see Maverick the Bald eagle who is looked over by a kind and efficient caretaker staff and Drena the volunteer. Other great live exhibits include the albino aligator LUNA....More

Thank Edward S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The aquarium is small, and doesn't take long to go through. Has good , informative exhibits on aquatic life found locally. A good way to kill an hour or two on a chilly day!

Thank Cruizlvr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with young kids and they had a great time. The albino alligator was cool, so was the fish touch tanks and the jellyfish and turtles too. Staff was friendly and they had lots of informative shows too. The only drawback was no food...More

Thank njpell
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit with the kids and it was amazing. Small aquarium but it has good diversity. Highly recommended.

Thank MiVidaLocaContigo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wife and I took the 35-40 minute or so ride from Wilmington down to the aquarium and found it to be a decent way to spend an hour or two if you happen to be visiting the area. However, to be honest, I've visited...More

Thank Bob H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The focus of the Aquarium is coastal NC. That said, this is more educational than entertainment. Find out what shells to expect on local beaches. Touch the whelks, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs and sting rays you’ll find in the water. Yes, the alligators are real...More

Thank OICommando
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took our children to the aquarium while we were on vacation. While it was a good visit, and the displays were well kept and interesting, it was not very big. You could be through the entire thing in just a short amount of time....More

2  Thank Matt F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a perfect stop before we headed home. Nice size enjoyable aquarium. Both my 8 year old and 16 year old said they had fun.

Thank Heather M
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited the aquarium on a recent trip to the coast. The aquarium is small but interesting with good, well maintained exhibits.

Thank srraines
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19 April 2017|
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Response from ruthf289 | Reviewed this property |
I was a teacher and also took students to the Aquarium in Fort Fisher. It was fantastic. There were plenty of places for the students to learn. There were marine biologists who took the students out on the beach and taught... More
Tonya D
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Response from Alice C | Reviewed this property |
I don't rememberany sharks but it was an excellent aquarium with many interesting exhibits. Enjoy!