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“touch a stingray, look a shark in the eye”
Feel the spray of a mountain waterfall. Watch river otters play. Touch a stingray. Look a shark in the eye. Explore shipwrecks – without getting wet. See a rare white sea turtle and let your spirits soar as raptors and waterbirds fly overhead. Thousands of aquatic animals take you on a journey from the state’s grand peaks to the open Atlantic, much as a raindrop makes its way to the ocean. The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores originally opened in 1976. It closed at the end of 2003 for a major renovation that tripled its size, and reopened in May 2006. In all, more than 11 million people have visited in the 34 years the Aquarium has championed its mission, “inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.” The North Carolina Aquariums Division, under the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, operates the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and also the North Carolina Aquariums at Fort Fisher and on Roanoke Island, and Jennette's Pier.
We've been going there for more than 10 years and it rarely disappoints. Wonderful place for young kids, some active displays where you can touch the shells and rays, some sea turtles and... Read more
I had an amazing time at this aquarium! We got a private tour which made it even more special. I loved learning all about the creatures here. I truly felt like they had a little bit of everything... Read more
Definitely get an annual pass if you're in the area. Only a couple visits cover the cost. They have several other discounts at museums and zoos. Lots of activities with feeding and talks. Plenty... Read more
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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