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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

#1 of 10 things to do in Kure Beach Features Animals
900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449
+1 910-772-0500
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Great educational aquarium!

We came here as a family during our vacation to Oak Island. My son has Down Syndrome and enjoyed... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Savannah, Georgia
Love the sharks.

Great place for marine education. We could watch the sharks, turtles, and jelly fish forever. Great... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Thomasville, North 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 yesterday

We came here as a family during our vacation to Oak Island. My son has Down Syndrome and enjoyed his visit to the aquarium. His favorite was the touch experience. He was able to touch a star fish and other sea creatures. We enjoyed how...More

Thank christieorta
Reviewed yesterday

Great place for marine education. We could watch the sharks, turtles, and jelly fish forever. Great for kids.

Thank divingduo2017
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited with a friend who works there so we learned a lot of side information. That made the aquarium more interesting. The displays were nice and we enjoyed seeing the different kinds of water creatures.

Thank Robin G
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great place for the kids and adults alike. The diving show will hold the kids in awe for the whole time. The displays are all well presented and fully explained. I learned a lot more about the cape fear river and surrounding...More

Thank det683
Reviewed 4 days ago

We ended up going to the aquarium because it was raining. For the size and the price, I feel it was a good value. There is an outdoor area with a playground, food and other exhibits as well as the indoor section. If I had...More

Thank Anne F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a highlight of our annual family summer vacation to Kure Beach. Our teens really look forward to seeing the exhibits, especially the jellies and the sea horses. As Aquariums go, this one is fairly standard, but Maverick the American...More

Thank DocArtz
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a worthwhile trip if you are in the area. There is a lot to do there, however i would only plan on spending an hour or so, and there is definitely a lack of large fish, there wasnt anything that blew away my...More

Thank Patrick R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There were several attractions inside that were very interesting, especially for me and my 3.5 year old boy. The employees were very attentive and friendly. We went through all the exhibits including the outdoor ones. No complaints, good way to kill a couple hours.

Thank JFLN84
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful aquarium to visit! The volunteer staff were amazing! The aquarium is well maintained and easily accessible for all. We enjoyed all the exhibits (indoors and outdoors)--and seeing a Bald Eagle and Luna, an albino alligator, up close was very cool! The...More

1  Thank KimRuffin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came early on a Thursday morning and it seems for every school of fish there were 2 schools of kids! This made regular paid entrance next to impossible to see things like the touch exhibit for the rays and the memory games for the...More

Thank Brande H
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20 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
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26 March 2017|
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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!