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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
(252) 247-4003
Park Description
The Aquarium takes visitors across North Carolina on an aquatic journey “from the mountains to the sea.” Five galleries depict the aquatic habitats and inhabitants of each major zone – Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Tidal Waters and Ocean.

The Aquarium has nearly 40 new exhibits and many new programs. You can watch – and talk to – divers in the Living Shipwreck exhibit, meet an alligator or other animal face to face in daily programs in the theater and participate in a number of other fun activities. Outdoors, the Aquarium has two nature trails, a marsh overlook, a Fossil Hunt and a beautiful bronze spadefish sculpture with a reflecting pool. The Aquarium also has a snack bar and a gift shop. Boat cruises, marsh explorations and other adventures are available for a small additional fee.

We recommend you plan to spend at least three hours at the new Aquarium to get the most from the new exhibits and activities.


Admission fees are the same at all North Carolina Aquariums. The fees support new programs and exhibits, operations and maintenance.

$8 -- adults

$7 -- ages 62 and over

$6 -- children ages 6-17

Children under age 6 – Free

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays in July for Family Night.

Fees: There are entry fees for this park
Metro Region: Jacksonville NC
Park Management: State

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