North Carolina Aquariums have long been recognized for their excellence, and the Pine Knoll Shores location shares in providing that exceptional experience to Crystal Coast visitors. From lakes and streams to the ocean floor, thousands of aquatic animals welcome you and your family to a world of wonder.

After being greeted by the rush of a waterfall, your journey through the Aquarium takes you from the North Carolina mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. Get up close and personal with a stingray and watch river otters (a visitor favorite) tumble and play. Meet Nimbus, the rare white sea turtle, and learn about the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Program – rescuing and supporting sea turtle hatchlings along the North Carolina shore. Your child can even rescue and treat a sea turtle – of the plastic variety – in their special lab.

In addition to a huge variety of live exhibits – including a sunken submarine with 400-pound sharks lurking in the depths – the Aquarium offers programs, tours, and outreach efforts to help bring your experience to life. You can also enjoy the surrounding nature trails for a look at the wildlife just outside the Aquarium doors, and even rent out the Aquarium for private events!


Location: 1 Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores, NC


Contact: 800-832-FISH (3474)