North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Pine Knoll Shores

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93,000-square-foot aquarium encompasses five galleries that display live animals and special exhibits

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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.

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  • $6 for an adult admission (up to $10.95 value)
  • $5 for a child's admission (up to $8.95 value)
  • See here for information on upcoming exhibitions.
  • Children aged 2 and younger are admitted for free.

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.

Customer Reviews

Great Aquarium visit!
Debbie M. · July 23, 2015
Great exhibits, very educational and beautifully presented. No problem with traffic flow or being able to see all of an exhibit.
Janet R. · October 20, 2014
It's a good day trip to keep the kids busy for a few hours
Danielle J. · October 11, 2014

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