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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

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Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Third times a charm

Visited with two kids 11 and 8. They loved the dinosaurs and the turtle rehab station. Great... read more

Reviewed today
Reading, Pennsylvania
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Good for adults and kids

Dinosaur exhibit- a special outdoor exhibit - was great and well set out. Didn’t expect it and the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Arlington, Virginia
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“shark tank”(174 reviews)
“sea turtles”(118 reviews)
“touch tank”(88 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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374 Airport Rd, Off U.S. 64, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9485
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Reviewed today via mobile

Visited with two kids 11 and 8. They loved the dinosaurs and the turtle rehab station. Great aquarium for kids. Everything is at their level and it is small enough to get through in a timely manner. We like to stop in every couple of...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Dinosaur exhibit- a special outdoor exhibit - was great and well set out. Didn’t expect it and the kids were impressed and the younger ones a bit intimidated at seeing a dinosaur in the “flesh”. The aquarium itself was nice, the staff friendly and informative....More

Thank Sandman030
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A nice place to visit for families. The new dinosaur exhibit outside was cool especially the T. rex.

Thank Thomas H
Reviewed 3 days ago

There was very interesting exhibits and sea creatures. The turtles were very interesting. Loved seeing the turtles being cared for but hated that they were hurt. The girls enjoyed seeing the rehabilitation area of the turtles. Where the diagnoses and treatment were shown.

Thank Michael L R
Reviewed 5 days ago

A great little aquarium that the whole family can enjoy while in the Outer Banks. We enjoyed the giant shark tank, and our younger son loved seeing the dinosaurs on the nature trail.

Thank Bailey S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I like this aquarium. Will visit again in the future. Ever since I saw this place on the Discovery Channel (Shark Week) I have been wanting to come here. I thought the sharks were the main attraction, until I saw the jellyfish exhibit. I love...More

Thank Michelli2011
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My family went here a while back and I always love to return to the aquarium. It's a nice drive from the Outer Banks too and easily found. Great thing for families and children!

Thank Brandon F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited the aquarium with our son, daughter-in-law and little grandson. This is a wonderful aquarium for small children. Most of the exhibits have low windows at the perfect height for little ones. The sea turtle hospital was very interesting. Love the touch tank! The...More

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed a great day at the aquarium. The kids really enjoy the opportunity to touch sting rays and pet other creatures. The dinosaurs were a special treat that we didn’t realize were available. The turtle clinic is always fun for little kids! We have...More

Thank Qbslayer2000
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our second trip there, love going to visit the turtles in rehab! My favorite is the sea horses! So much to do! Kids love going

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Stephanie H
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Response from FamilyTravelers4ever | Reviewed this property |
$10.95 adults, $8.95 ages 3-12, under 2 free If you have another Zoo or aquarium membership check to see if you can get a discount admission.
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Response from NCAquarium R I | Property representative |
Hello! Yes, we are open! Every day we have our Dialogue with a Diver program at 10:30 a.m. and other free programs. We also offer behind-the-scenes tours for an additional fee. The most updated information will be available... More