KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located in Kure Beach and is the perfect family-friendly experience! It takes most guests around 2 hours to work their way through the entire aquarium but with lots of free daily programs and more exciting tours, the Aquarium is the ideal way to spend your One Day Vacay!
If you stroll through the Aquarium's outdoor garden you'll come face-to-face with massive, life-sized dinosaurs! You can meet the predatory T-Rex or check out the 23-foot-long brachiosaurus. They move, they roar, they're awesome!
You will also love to see the hundreds of exotic butterflies floating and flying around the Butterfly Bungalow. One may even land on your shoulder! Their beautiful colors will amaze you.
Choices for tours include a Behind The Scenes Tour, Canoeing trips, Surf Fishing lessons and MORE. With the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas, you can head there any day to get away from it all and enjoy learning about aquatic wildlife!
You can find the Aquarium hours, admission prices, and visitor tips HERE. Plus, you can feel good about your visit because the Aquarium is dedicated to conserving aquatic environments in our state and around the world.
When you enter the Aquarium, you'll get to take a family photo so you can remember your One Day Vacay to the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher for years to come!
You will get to experience many different wildlife and their habitats including freshwater streams, swamps, reefs, and the open ocean. You'll meet Luna, the rare albino alligator. If you're lucky you'll get to check out a rescued loggerhead sea turtle and a rescued bald eagle makes the Aquarium his permanent home.
When you go past the Cape Fear Shoals tank, you can watch a SCUBA diver swim with rays, eels, and sharks! If you come at the right time you can see different animal feedings. There is also the chance that an Aquarium volunteer will walk past and let you meet one of the Aquarium's residents up close and personal.
If you're in the mood for an adventure you should hop into the Hurricane Booth where you can experience hurricane strength winds! Don't forget to take pictures of your hair flying in every direction!
You can also dig for fossils, take in a film, play outside in the Adventure Reef play area, enjoy a great meal on the Concession Deck, or choose a souvenir in the Gift Shop.
You can also roll up your sleeves and explore the Tide Pool Touch Tank! You can touch sea stars, horseshoe crabs, stingrays, and sharks!
Throughout the year there are special, seasonal exhibits at the Aquarium that add even more to what you can see and discover. To find out what you can see right at different times while you're planning your Vacay, go HERE.
The staff at the Aquarium will be waiting to make sure you have a wonderful visit!
Ready to go? Book below now! It's time for your One Day Vacay!
In addition to all of the wonderful experiences you'll have, The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a great One Day Vacay because of its location.
It is 20 miles south of Wilmington and can also be easily reached by taking a short ferry ride across the river from Southport! Get directions HERE.