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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.

    NOTICE: The Aquarium's freshwater conservatory building will be closed to visitors beginning November 4 - through Spring 2020. The Aquarium will remain open as Cape Fear Shoals, all saltwater galleries, touch pools and outdoor gardens will remain accessible. Educational activities, daily dive programs and feedings will continue, while sharks, jellies and sea turtles engage visitors. General admission tickets will be reduced by $3 during the partial closure beginning Nov. 4 to $9.95 adults, $8.95 seniors(aged 62+) and military, $7.95 children(ages 3-12); children aged 2 and younger are free. The aquarium is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed only Christmas and Thanksgiving.


  • General Info
    General Info
    • Credit Cards Accepted:
    • Motorcoach Parking on Site:
    • Hours of Operation: Daily: 9am-5pm| Usually Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
    • Admission: Adults 13-61: $12.95| Seniors 62+ & Military: $11.95 | Children 3-12: $10.95 | Ages 2 and under & NC Aquarium Society Members: Free
    • Additional Information: Hours and rates subject to change without notice
  • 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