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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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  • Stunning exhibits of aquatic environment and wildlife connect you with the natural world. Explore marine life from salt marshes and tidal pools to a two-story open ocean exhibit featuring sharks, rays and eels. Meet Luna, a rare albino alligator, and a rescued bald eagle. Feel the smooth skin of a gliding stingray and come face-to-face with a loggerhead sea turtle. Stroll through the Aquarium's outdoor garden and discover aquatic wildlife at daily dive shows and animal encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures and camps. The gift shop carries a variety of puzzles, games, shirts, sweatshirts, collector’s items, stuffed animals, souvenirs, posters, toys, and much more. Visit one of North Carolina's most popular attractions located 15 miles south of Wilmington on U.S. 421, south of Kure Beach and less than a mile from the Fort Fisher Ferry terminal.


  • General Info
    General Info
    • Credit Cards Accepted:
    • Motorcoach Parking on Site:
    • Hours of Operation: Daily 9am-5pm, Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
    • Admission: Adults 13-61: $12.95, Seniors 62+ & Military: $10.95, Children 3-12: $9.95, Ages 2 and under & NC Aquarium Society Members: FREE
  • Facility Info
    • Total Sq. Ft. 93000
    • Reception Capacity 2000
    • Theatre Capacity 150
    • Catering Available:
    • Free Wifi:
    • Banquet Capacity 350
    • Number of Rooms 10
    • Classroom Capacity 350