An aquarium visit soothes the soul with visions of ambling fish and bubbling tanks that make us nostalgic for the gestation pods in which all human life begins. Come full circle with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $4 for an adult admission (up to an $8 value)
- $3 for a child's admission (up to a $6 value)
The hands-on turtle exhibition puts guests in charge of distressed juvenile sea turtle where they visit a diagnostic station to find out which of several ailments might be the problem. For an additional $4, guests ages 3 and up can visit Winging It: Birds in Flight, which grants audiences with up-close glimpses of owls, hawks, pelicans, vultures, and other rare birds while instilling the importance of habitat conservation.
Children aged 2 and younger are admitted for free.
Though North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Within 93,000 square feet, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores manages to fit all of the state's and most of the world's main aquatic environments into five galleries. A 30-foot waterfall throws a cool mist over guests as they begin a journey that brings them to the Piedmont gallery, where the aquarium's three spunky river otters—Neuse, Pungo, and Eno—frolic and play poker underwater. Further exhibits promise other memorable encounters, such as the Dinosaur Adventure where visitors come face-to-face with the lifelike extinct creatures, and the Tidal Touch Pool where handlers let visitors touch skates, rays, and select invertebrates. At the epicenter lies the ocean gallery, anchored by a 306,000-gallon tank with a 65-foot viewing window. Sand tiger sharks and moray eels swim about the Living Shipwreck exhibit, a replica of a German U-boat that sank off the United States' East Coast in 1942. Behind the glass of another tank, a young loggerhead sea turtle named Nimbus flashes its gold-toothed smile and rare white coloration.
Divers host live shows twice a day in the ocean tank, answering visitors' questions via special equipment. They've also been known to assist with proposals, unveiling engagement rings as an unsuspecting fiancé peers through the glass. Beyond overseeing the standing exhibits, the staff also ventures outside for numerous educational programs and activities. Participants can catch crabs, fish in the surf, explore the marsh, take a paddleboarding class, or even explore the water on canoeing and kayaking outings.