Commonly portrayed as cuddly tri-pronged creatures, sea monkeys are, in reality, uncouth bottom feeders that are fiscally incapable of castle ownership. Uncover more subversively submerged knowledge with today's Groupon at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Choose between two options:
- For $4, you get one adult admission (ages 13 and older) (an $8 value).
- For $3, you get one child admission (ages 3–12) (a $6 value).
Rip currents on the pavement shores outside North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores sweep curious explorers into an underwater vortex of thrilling sea-life-inspired interactive exhibits and live touch pools. Guests journey through galleries ranging from mountain peaks to deep ocean trenches, dropping in for an unexpected visit with frisky otters, peevish snapping turtles, and declawed tiger sharks. Tactile learners and visually impaired guests can run their hands over textured fish models with touch-activated audio in Fintastic! Weird and Wonderful Adaptations for Survival in the Sea, and feel firsthand how scales, teeth, tails, body shape, and other features help different species avoid predators, locate subaquatic grub, and help track Fantasy Fishball scores.
Hands-on exhibits and programs, vibrant colors, and plentiful wheelchair and stroller accessibility make North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores a fun trip for adventurers of all ages and ninja-starfish-throwing abilities.
- I highly recommend this spot to anyone visiting the area, and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. – Jes P., Yelp
- Visit the NC Aquarium at PIne Knoll Shores! Wonderful 1/2 day visit that is educational and enjoyable. It is clean and welcoming. Good in nice weather or rain. Nice gift shop. Photo opportunities available. My grandaughter loves it time and time again! – UpdateNYGrandma, TripAdvisor
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. Step into a deep-sea setting to learn how far sea turtles travel and the threats they face, or visit Caretta's Cove—a new digital theater—to meet the charming, chatty loggerhead who answers visitors' questions several times a day. Learn about how loggerhead hatchlings are born on a North Carolina beach and crawl to the ocean and see a real hatchling that’s being rehabilitated at the Aquarium. The Tidal Touch Pool provides offers the opportunity to 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 swim around 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. Interactive games will also entertain younger guests.
Divers host live shows twice a day in the ocean tank, responding to customer inquiries 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.
Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina 28512Get Directions