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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

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Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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My Grandson LOVED the dinosaur exhibit.

My 3.5 year old grandson had an awesome time showing me around to all the various exhibits and knew... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Nichole B
Harrisburg, Missouri, United States
Beautiful small aquarium. Really well done!

Brought our 3.5 year old grandson to see the fish, and were lucky enough to see the last day of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Dive into adventure. Take a tour of North Carolina’s aquatic life “from the mountains to the sea.” Talk with divers as they swim with sharks in the Living Shipwreck, featuring a WW II German U-boat replica. Laugh at the antics of playful river...more
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1 Roosevelt Blvd, Cary Nc 27511, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512-6813
+1 252-247-4003
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My 3.5 year old grandson had an awesome time showing me around to all the various exhibits and knew exactly where which ones he liked the most were located. He's been there a few times.....Everyone was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the animals. He...More

Thank Nichole B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Brought our 3.5 year old grandson to see the fish, and were lucky enough to see the last day of the Dinosaurs exhibit. I've worked on a lot of world-class science and children's museum exhibits, and I was very impressed. The exhibits are great, and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Eight of us went, including my one year old granddaughter. Everyone was really friendly, aquarium was clean, more than enough parking..we got the souvenir picture package which turned out great. The guy that took the picture was super nice and girls at the picture counter...More

Thank micheleleaw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our entire family was amazed by what this aquarium had to offer. We went last year for a one day trip and are planning to return in a few weeks. I would recommend this stop to anyone who enjoys learning as it is packed with...More

Thank family3332017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for about an hour on our drive from New Bern to Jacksonville. They currently have an outdoor prehistoric exhibit along with the aquarium. It was a bit crowded on a Wednesday but the staff were very friendly and my grandson was thrilled to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My grandloves and I spent the first day of our vacation here!! They're 11 & 13 and I was a little concerned that they might not find it interesting, but I was wrong!! There's lots to do and very interesting displays. We had a great...More

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We recently vacationed with our 4 and 7 year old in Atlantic Beach, and, in looking for things to do, were told what a great place the Aquarium is. We couldn’t have been happier with our experience!! The facilities are in a beautiful location, and...More

Thank Mike N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to visit. had a lot of different areas and was very crowded, but had plenty of space to accommodate everyone.

Thank Walter O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited here several times over the year and it's better each time. There are lots of fun and interactive activities for all ages. It's a fun, educational excursion. There is a nice boardwalk that looks out over the marsh where you can view different...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The acquarium has a lot of great exhibits. When we went they had a dinosaur exhibit with a good variety animatronic dinosaurs. The acquarium is one of 3 North Carolina acquariums and they also offer several levels of annual memberships.

Thank Sherry M
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7 September 2018|
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Response from jojoandsister | Reviewed this property |
There is a snake exhibit outside but you can avoid it. I didn't go inside. The person at the front desk can give you a map so you can avoid it.
13 August 2018|
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Response from NCAquariumPKS | Property representative |
You can avoid seeing the sharks. There are sharks in the Living Shipwreck habitat in the Ocean Gallery and one shark in the Queen Anne's Revenge habitat in the Tidal Waters Gallery. You are able to see most of the Aquarium... More