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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

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374 Airport Rd, Off U.S. 64, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9485
+1 252-475-2300
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Nice Moderate sized aquarium at a great price

Visited in April 2018. Entrance fee was very reasonable. Aquarium was well organized and the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Warren H
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Buffalo, New York
Excellent aquarium for size

It looks like a little place from outside but don't let that fool you. It has wonderfully set... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
844tamarad
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Richmond, Maine
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“shark tank” (169 reviews)
“sea turtles” (117 reviews)
“touch tank” (85 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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+1 252-475-2300
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited in April 2018. Entrance fee was very reasonable. Aquarium was well organized and the exhibits were informative and wide ranging, and of course they concentrated on the local area. There were a number of children's activities. Overall a great experience.

Thank Warren H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It looks like a little place from outside but don't let that fool you. It has wonderfully set exhibits. Showing full spectrum of envirements and exceptional informational touch screens. The exhibits were beautiful and clean. The touch tanks were fun for young and old. The...More

Thank 844tamarad
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the aquarium based on reports that it had undergone upgrades since my last visit 15 years ago. We enjoyed the exhibits, especially the medusae, but found the doorway videos of odd characters off putting.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This aquarium is a wonderful place to take your family to. It has beautiful displays, and fun ways to interact with the wildlife. There are great activities that you can plan for your family if you look online for available times you can get behind...More

1  Thank hmtppd
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been to the North Carolina Aquarium many years ago and remembered it being decent, so we decided to take our 2.5 year old daughter. We were so impressed with all the renovations, new displays, and great outdoor spaces that the Aquarium now has!...More

1  Thank wandermom321
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to several aquariums all over the US and this is one of the best! There are so many exhibits that will wow you! Like a rare white alligator (leucistic; only 12 known); sea otters, box turtles so close you can touch, sea...More

1  Thank HappyTrails082013
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a big aquarium, but lots to see and learn. We especially loved the jelly fish and the behind the scenes area for turtle rescue, rehab, and release. Recommend to all ages a visit here!

1  Thank spike9090
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small aquarium. We went on a day of thunderstorms. There was a line when we arrived to get tickets. The line moved fast. We were there about an hour and saw everything. The kids enjoyed the sharks and touching the sting rays!

Thank barbbel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the second NC aquarium I have visited and it is very similar to Ft Fisher. I love that NC has several locations. This one has many educational exhibits which will primarily engage younger children. It is beautiful and has a good variety for...More

Thank Lois P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in as a diversion from the OBX hustle and bustle and had a very enjoyable time. Be sure to visit the sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation facility, the staff there is very friendly and the large turtles are quite a sight.

1  Thank Ty H
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debdeal82
January 6, 2018|
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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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208janice208
May 8, 2017|
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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
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Rebecca C
June 15, 2016|
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Response from DonnaB1956 | Reviewed this property |
I have not been there since the renovation. Old aquarium took 1 hr to 1-1/2 hours. I do not know if they have reopened.
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