North Carolina Aquarium

North Carolina Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium is actually a system of 3 different public aquariums located along the state's coast, one in Roanoke Island, one in Pine Knoll Shores, and another in Fort Fisher. The aquarium system was first established in 1976 to promote the cultural resources of North Carolina's ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and more.

The particular aquarium in the Outer Banks is the Roanoke Island offshoot, which specifically explores the waters of the Outer Banks. While here you can marvel at the largest group of sharks in the state, interact with scuba divers, pet a stingray, and much more. Visit the onsite Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center, or STAR Center, then go check out exhibits such as Seven Rivers, Wild Wetlands, Sea Treasures, Sea Senses, Delicate Drifters, and more.

There are plenty of free educator-led programs offered here as well, such as Behind the Scenes Tours and animal one on ones inside, and crabbing, fishing, and paddling outside.

No matter what age your group is, the Roanoke Island North Carolina Aquarium is a great place to come learn, explore, and play!


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