North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 Directions
Today 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Open All Hours
+12522474003
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Shark feeding is on Tue and Fridays.
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Take your camera
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Great exhibits, very educational and beautifully presented. No problem with traffic flow or being able to see all of an exhibit.
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It's a good day trip to keep the kids busy for a few hours
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Make it available to all neighborhood kids
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go early we were very late and missed everything
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Get there early as the Aquarium is popular and gets crowded especially on rainy days
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Great family outing while visiting the beach.
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Check their online site before planning your trip, as they have different activities/programs on different days. Also, some of their shows get booked quickly, you might want to call ahead for tickets. My grandchildren and I always enjoy the aquarium.
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Purchase tickets through GROUPON to save money at the ticket office. The Aquarium was fun and there are so many EXTRA activities to enjoy for the entire family. Always, remember to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. You will walk and sit on the floor for the shows. Be prepared to encounter crowds. Keep a close eye on your children, especially in the gift shops and other areas where accidents can happen. Have FUN!!!
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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 fianc? 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.

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