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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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Dinosaurs and fish!

When we visited they had a temporary display of dinosaurs which our nephew LOVED. The aquarium it’s... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wilmington, North Carolina
Great Place Off Season

See all the local marine life in one of the better aquariums I've been to. Helpful staff. Walking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jeff K
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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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 1 week ago

When we visited they had a temporary display of dinosaurs which our nephew LOVED. The aquarium it’s self is well laid out. They had displays of locally found sea life, otters, touch tanks and plenty of places to grab family photos. The gift shop had...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

See all the local marine life in one of the better aquariums I've been to. Helpful staff. Walking trails by the marsh. Touch tanks. Everything well kept up and worth a visit.

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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We decided to check out the aquarium the day before we left. Rates were very reasonable. There was all kinds of interactions and q&a's with the staff. We were pleastly surprised to see the dinosaur exhibit at the aquarium. The touch area with sting rays,...More

Thank benlewis5050
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Visited the North Carolina Aquarium today and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the exhibitions. With hurricane Florence destruction all around it was an escape for the afternoon. Facility is well maintained and spotless. Staff is friendly and helpful. Reasonable admission with senior and...More

Thank tom4cats
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

A very nice limited variety of species. Don’t get me wrong there were many types of fish and amphibians but don’t go expected exhibitions like at aquariums in Atlanta or New Orleans. Made for a nice leisurely activity where you can sit and watch certain...More

Thank klatigue
Reviewed 3 October 2018

It might seem like a smallish aquarium but it has tons of exhibits. The staff was so amazing and the exhibits were very interesting.

Thank kjmyers73
Reviewed 18 September 2018

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 12 September 2018

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

Thank Kristen S
Reviewed 12 September 2018 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 30 August 2018

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

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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