North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherLocated in beautiful Kure Beach, NC, at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher features amazing exhibits that showcase the waters of the Cape Fear River - from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, to reefs and the vast ocean. See sharks, stingrays, and moray eels at the Cape Fear Shoals - the largest of the aquarium's saltwater exhibits. Be amazed at living corals and a giant clam at the Pacific Reef Display. See a prehistoric shark at the Megalodon Exhibit. Come face-to-face with an alligator in the Cape Fear Conservatory. Touch a sea star in the Touch Pool. See colorful jellyfish in the Open Oceans gallery. See sea turtles swim in the Shadows on the Sand. North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher also features educational programs, outdoor adventures and exciting activities and events.
Hours9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).
- Adults: $8
- Seniors : $7
- Children: Ages 3-12: $6; 2 and under are free.
- North Carolina Aquarium Society Members: Free
- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Extended Behind the Scenes Tour
- 5k Race For the Planet
- Aquarium's Science Café at the Surf House in Wilmington - Every Third Tuesday
- Mommy and Me
- Tours & Daily Programs
- Summer Camps
- Sleeping with the Fishes
- Outdoor Exploration
- Surf Fishing
Food & DrinkGrab some grub at the SharkBites snack bar, located on the food deck outside the Gift Shop. Shark Bites offers a variety of light fare foods and drinks, including sandwiches, nachos, chicken fingers, cord dogs, fries, frozen yogurt and ice cream. Shark Bites is open from March through September and on weekends during October and November. The Food Deck also offers vending machines and water fountains.
Tours & ProgramsThe Aquarium offers a wide variety of programs and tours, including the Behind the Scenes Tour, Aquarist Apprentice program and Breakfast with the Fishes. The exciting Behind the Scenes Tour is a hands-on experience where you learn about how an aquarium works and join the staff in daily care and maintenance tasks, like preparing animal diets. The Aquarium also features outdoor adventures, like surf fishing, canoeing to Zeke’s Island, and crabbing for blue crabs in the salt marsh.
Can I buy tickets in advance?
Yes. You can purchase advance tickets online at http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher. For groups of 10 or more, you can request a group rate at 910-458-7468. Groups enjoy a 15% discount when one person from the group pays.
How long does it take to tour the aquarium?
Most people can tour the aquarium in about two hours. However, if you plan to participate in the programs and tours, search for relics in the Fossil Hunt, or visit the gift shop, allow more time to learn and have some fun.
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