North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Visitors to the aquarium will be awe-struck by the more than 3,000 specimens of North Carolina’s most colorful aquatic life, making it the largest saltwater aquarium in the state of North Carolina. The aquarium concentrates on eco-systems all native to North Carolina with exhibits emphasizing various marine habitats. The “Living Shipwreck” features a life-sized replica of a German U-352 submarine and Blackbeard’s infamous ship, The Queen Anne’s Revenge with a 60-foot viewing window.
Other attractions include stingray touch-tank, a river otter exhibit, mountain trout pool, jellyfish gallery, sport fishing gallery and a rare (and quite famous) albino sea turtle named Nimbus. The aquarium itself resides in its own native North Carolina habitat, the 300-acre Roosevelt Maritime Forest.