North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Pine Knoll Shores

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#4 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in North Carolina
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. Start your trip to Pine Knoll Shores by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • We loved our visit here. All of the exhibits were able to be seen by our 3 year old without having to hold her up. Love the large tank with the sharks. Our daughter also loved the interactive turtle h...  more »
  • This is a wonderful aquarium, complete with a large center tank holding three different types of sharks, tarpon, sheepshead, other large fish, and a sea turtle. The touch tanks with various crustacean...  more »
  • Excellent little aquarium. Perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon. Perfect activity for kids (and adults!). We really enjoyed the nature trails as well. Worth taking the time to walk along them.  more »
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  • All three of the North Carolina aquariums are different. They have some similarities, but also unique. I like this one because it’s organized by region of the state and it flows nicely. It’s very educational and relaxing. I love the outside walkway and it’s great views. The kids love the climbing nets and the tire swing on the playground.
  • This was my first aquarium and I had a great experience here. The price is extremely cheap and there are a good variety of exhibits. There is a nature trail that takes you through marsh and forest with signs that talk about the history of the island where the aquarium is located. In addition to all the fish exhibits, there was a snake exhibit and a stingray petting tank. Overall, this place is great for kids, adults, whatever. If you havent been here and you're in the area, go!
  • Our family absolutely loves the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores! It is a great fun place for kids and adults of all ages. They have so much to see and experience such as sea turtles, sharks, reptiles, jelly fish, big fish, small colorful fish, octopus, and much more. Their main attraction is a huge water tank that features a real sunken ship. This tank is where the sharks are and a few times a day they have divers in there to do an educational show. We go every year when we have our beach vacation in Emerald Isle and I will recommend this place to everyone looking for a fun thing to do while at the beach (besides laying around on the beach. Check this place out for sure!
  • We love this aquarium. They have otters! Divers will get in the shark tank and talk to the audience. There is a concave section of the big tank by the souvenir shop that makes you feel that you are in the tank of you stand against the glass. The order trail is nice also, and includes a nice playground.
  • This is a wonderful aquarium, complete with a large center tank holding three different types of sharks, tarpon, sheepshead, other large fish, and a sea turtle. The touch tanks with various crustacean's, shell fish, and sting rays allow for an interactive experience. The staff were all very focused on customer service. Perhaps best, behind the scenes the aquarium is also a sea turtle rehabilitation facility. This is a nice break from all the fun in the sun while in the Atlantic Beach area.
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