North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Pine Knoll Shores

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#4 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in North Carolina
Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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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. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Pine Knoll Shores fast, fun, and easy.
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  • This was a nice aquarium, took us about an hour to go through. I thought it was over priced but I imagine an aquarium is expensive to maintain. It was fun touching the stingrays and watching the... 
    This was a nice aquarium, took us about an hour to go through. I thought it was over priced but I imagine an aquarium is expensive to maintain. It was fun touching the stingrays and watching the...  more »
  • It was was cool there were tons of sea animals and there was a bird walk that lead to a really cool playground 
    It was was cool there were tons of sea animals and there was a bird walk that lead to a really cool playground  more »
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  • Reserved tickets online through reciprocity, a very easy process! The later in the day you arrive, parking can get tricky vs first at opening. Make sure to check out the marsh outside as well as the snakes/eagle. If you have time for the nature trail, that is always an option. Note that after touching sting rays or the hermit crab habitats, they don't have soap - only water and paper towels. The entire location takes about 2 hours if you get it just right - also take note you will backtrack for bathrooms so best to use upon arrival. This is NC aquarium #2 of 3 for us. The staff do such a great job interacting with guests. Check the screen upon entering for an animal feed, activity, encounter, etc. A great stop, especially with kids!
  • I love this aquarium, they have great exhibits and it's a clean family friendly environment. The staff are really nice and are willing to give information about the wild/aquatic life at the facility. The playground was a nice addition as it gives the kids another means to burn off some energy. Truly a great experience there, and worthy of many visits.

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