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“Excellant”

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Kure Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Great time for the kids to enjoy up close and fantastic displays of sea life.
Multi level facility..
Inside and outside exhibits..
State aquarium that rivals any...
Great playground.
Cool dinosaur exhibits..
Takes a couple hours..
We'll be back

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank John P
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

While not a big acquarim, they do very well I. Keeping kids entertained and informed about the sea animals. Enjoyed the dive show and feature about jellyfish. Grandkids got to touch real jellyfish plus horseshoe crab and sleeping baby sharks. At the time also had outdoor dinosaur display. Lots for young kids to do in a few hours. Recommend go early as crowded at noon time.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Linda S
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Small aquarium with a bald eagle and young loggerhead turtle as the main attractions for my six year old. Dinosaur outdoor exhibit was cool.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank melaniee551
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Yes, they do have a albino alligator. Along with many other marine life. I have seen better Aquariums, but this is a nice local one. They hand feed some sting rays which is pretty cool. They have sharks and jellyfish. Probably could spend about 2-3 hours there.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Shephusky
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great time even though it was packed. Make sure to checked dout the dinosaurs exhibit outside. You won't want to miss it!! The best part was hearing all the kids scream!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank bethl2013
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