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Fort Fisher, North Carolina Aquarium
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, North Carolina, 28449 North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher phone number 910-772-0500
Category: Family / Kids

Explore One of the Most Exciting North carolina aquariums

Dive into underwater discovery and adventure at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Look a rare albino alligator eye-to-eye. Get up-close and personal with eels and sharks. Brave the stingray touch tank. Meet baby sea turtles. From freshwater mountain streams to the depths of the open ocean, the Fort Fisher aquarium guides visitors through North Carolina's diverse and fascinating underwater ecosystems. An ideal family destination, the interactive aquarium offers free daily tours, behind-the-scene tours, surf fishing seminars on the beach, and guided canoeing trips through nearby estuaries.


Prices - 

Adults (Ages 13-61): $10.95, Children (Ages 3-12): $8.95, Seniors & Military: $9.95

Hours - 

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


  • Kid-Friendly Programs
  • Rotating Exhibits 
  • Daily Feedings


  • Adventure Reef Playground
  • Touch Tank
  • Free Daily Tours
  • Surf Fishing
  • Behind-the-Scene Tours
  • Canoeing 


  • What Tours are offered?

    Explore the wonders of the Aquarium with exciting interactive tours, outdoor adventures, live animal shows, feedings and touch pools. Get a backstage look into the Aquarium's hidden spaces on the Behind The Scenes Tours. Visit the top of the largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals and watch sharks devour their dinner. The Aquarium also features the Fins and Family Tour, a fun learning experience for kids, as well as canoeing excursions to Zeke’s Island, surf fishing adventures on the beach, and the Aquarist Apprentice, when you can help the staff care for and feed the animals.
  • Where can we purchase food at the aquarium?

    For a quick bite, Sharkbites snack bar offers a variety of meals and snacks for aquarium visitors. The menu features burgers, deli sandwiches, chicken tenders, lunch on-the-go items and kid-friendly foods. Snackbites also serves ice cream and frozen yogurt. The restaurant is open daily from March to September. However, Sharkbites is only open Thursday-Sunday in autumn, and the restaurant closes during winter months.  

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