North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Pine Knoll Shores

4.6
#4 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in North Carolina
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores features local water species, such as moray eels, sand tiger and nurse sharks, and goliath grouper. Visit the enormous Living Shipwreck tank, which houses most of the larger species. At the tidal touch pool, you can get up close to the creatures. The aquarium features free parking, fast food, and free educational programs. Add North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and other attractions to your Pine Knoll Shores trip itinerary using our Pine Knoll Shores travel itinerary planner.
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  • Great rainy day activity but even with the place packed it was still wonderful. Fabulous exhibits, informative presentations and lovely aquatic life. Must see!  more »
  • This is a great aquarium for families with small children. I was disappointed at how small it is but not all aquariums can be like the National Aquarium in Baltimore! LOL We enjoyed the otters and the...  more »
  • We love the touch tanks at the aquarium because my kiddo is very hands on also the otters give a great show. If you can catch the otter feeding time it's adorable. I love the shark feeding and the div...  more »
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  • Been going here since I was a kid. I love the nature trail that they have added and they have a great playground for kids. (Bring bug spray). I suggest going early (if you are going on a rainy day like me) because it's full of families with their kids. The only thing that was disappointing is that they have moved Nimbus, the albino turtle, to Queen Anne's Revenge and there is no sign about the turtle anywhere on the exhibit. Nimbus is my favorite part of the aquarium and would love if they added a plaque with his photo as they do all the other sea life next to his exhibit. They have stuffed animals for the sea turtle so I would hope they would show off his exhibit more. They do great with the size they have with how much they have to look at. It's about a 2-2 1/2 hour trip. They have different shows every half hour that can add to the experience and length. It's definitely a good highlight of my trip.
  • Excellent. They have turtles, fish, otters, snakes, sharks Very clean and maintained environment A little pricey especially for kids. I wish places like this would have steeply reduced prices for kids to encourage adults to bring their kids and let them have the experience. The kids were a dollar or 2 less then adults. But the kiddos loved really it.
  • I have been bringing my kids to the aquarium since they were little and now, 19 years later they still enjoy coming here. Yesterday was a great visit, they reminisced about how when they were small enough to put their heads into the alligators mouth and how tiny Nimbus the turtle used to be. Thank you North Carolina Aquarium for all the wonderful memories, new and old.
  • Overall I enjoyed the trip out here. Many species to look at and a few to interact with. My biggest complaint was the lack of enrichment for the animals (namely otters) and size/stocking of the tanks and snake exhibit. Everything looked well maintained though.
  • Awesomely fun time. Love the otters and sea turtles. Can get really crowded on weekends during summer. Go early.

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