North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Facility:North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Description:The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher takes visitors on a journey from freshwater rivers and swamps to saltwater marshes and estuaries and into reefs and the open ocean. The 84,000 square foot facility includes a large ocean tank offering two-story, multi-level viewing of large sharks, groupers, barracudas, and loggerhead turtles and a 20,000 freshwater conservatory showcasing the varied ecosystems of the Cape Fear River.
Address 1:900 Loggerhead Road
Address 2:
City:Kure Beach
Zip Code:28449-3786
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year-round

Special Summer hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. every Thursday in July.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
Admission:Adults: $8
Seniors: $7
Children: Ages 6-17: $6
5 and under: FREE
North Carolina Aquarium Society members: FREE
North Carolina school groups that register in advance (during school year only:) FREE
Telephone:1 (866) 301-3476
Website:Visit Website
Sandi Patterson, Co-op Member
This Aquarium is multi-leveled. Alot of information is given through the place. Go one line to their website before you go and print off the scavenger hunt questions ( answers are provided). There is something for every age. We watched one of their movies and watched an interactive session with divers in one of the tanks. The kids got to touch sea life in the tidal pool. Make sure you stroll outside in the gardens and go to the fossil dig. Younger kids will enjoy the dig.Pack a lunch and eat ouside on the boardwalk or nearby on Kure beach. And you might want to schedule time to see the Fort Fisher that you pass by on your way there. This all took us about 3 hours. A perfect afternoon trip or day trip if you live a couple hours away .
Lisa B., Co-op Member
Great aquarium! A definite must-see if you are visiting the beach. We are local and go a couple of times a year.
I Palmer, Co-op Member
This is one of the best aquariums we have ever visited (and we've been to a few). North Carolina really knocked this one out of the ballpark! Hurry and visit - you won't be disappointed!
Caroline C., Co-op Member
Terrific aquarium and absolutely free if you schedule your visit in advance as a homeschooler. The grounds are also very nice so you can easily plan a full day around this museum.
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