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
- $3 for a child's admission, valid for ages 3–12—children aged 2 or younger admitted free (up to a $6 value)
- $4 for an adult admission, valid for ages 13 and older (up to an $8 value)
In addition to its standing exhibits, the aquarium hosts Penguin Plunge through September 30. Visitors get to meet four endangered African penguins—Suki, South, Sly, and Oswald—known for their distinctive markings and braying calls. Those who attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 12 can take part an array of penguin-themed activities, such as dressing up as a penguin or in black-and-white attire to earn entry in a drawing for a prize. The exhibit also intends to educate visitors about global and local conservation efforts. "Although they look like tuxedoed cartoon characters, these penguins carry an important message about the results of human activities on wild populations," said aquarium director Allen Monroe.
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. 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 28512