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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, North Carolina NC

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North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a top notch aquarium! One of its more unusual features is a dinosaur walk through jungly vegetation. The dinosaurs are huge, scaly, and they move! Their eye balls move! And they roar! Some even spray water, taking you by surprise. And one is covered in feathers! 
Another outdoor feature of this aquarium is a huge ultra-colorful (think Dr. Suess) space age playground. 
Inside there are two storeys of beautiful exhibits, including a huge tank where scuba divers swim among sharks. Other tanks include moon jellies, spotted jellies, sea horses with needle fish, longnose gar fish, cottonmouth and diamondback snakes, an albino alligator and regular alligators, and tropical fish including little puffer fish. There is also a touch tank with sting rays and horseshoe crabs, tropical tank with fan coral, an eel popping out to explore, megalodon jaw, shark jaws and sea serpent skeleton, giant crab, large turtle, box turtles, and my favorite, poison dart frogs. I love the blue frog!
The gift shop has some super necklaces and stuffed animals. 
Buy your tickets online ahead of time to avoid a long line in the  hot sun.
The aquarium is located in a beautiful, wild area at the southern tip of Pleasure Island. You can see the ocean through twisty trees as you drive to the aquarium.
For a nice beach with colorful upscale beach houses, check out Kure Beach, and for ice cream and a fun atmosphere, Carolina Beach

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The entrance with school of fish sculpture fountain.
The entrance with school of fish sculpture fountain.
Fresh waterways section.
Fresh waterways section.
Longnose gar fish.
Longnose gar fish.
Eastern diamondback rattlesnake.
Eastern diamondback rattlesnake.
Cottonmouth snake.
Cottonmouth snake.
Alligator!
Alligator!
Albino alligator!
Albino alligator!
Fish in a pretty tank.
Fish in a pretty tank.
Sting ray touch tank.
Sting ray touch tank.
Horseshoe crab in the touch tank.
Horseshoe crab in the touch tank.
Tropical coral and fish.
Tropical coral and fish.
Huge tank with sharks.
Huge tank with sharks.
Second level.
Second level.
View of the coast through the window.
View of the coast through the window.
Coral and tropical fish.
Coral and tropical fish.
Fan coral!
Fan coral!
Moon jellies.
Moon jellies.
Fan coral and tropical fish.
Fan coral and tropical fish.
Large tropical fish.
Large tropical fish.
Eel coming out from behind the coral.
Eel coming out from behind the coral.
Jellyfish.
Jellyfish.
Spotted jellyfish.
Spotted jellyfish.
Huge grouper.
Huge grouper.
Megalodon jaw.
Megalodon jaw.
Sand tiger shark jaw.
Sand tiger shark jaw.
Shark jaws.
Shark jaws.
Sea serpent skeleton!
Sea serpent skeleton!
Needle fish and star fish.
Needle fish and star fish.
A boy looks at a giant crab.
A boy looks at a giant crab.
Electric blue fish and stripey fish.
Electric blue fish and stripey fish.
Colorful gift shop.
Colorful gift shop.
Space age playground.
Space age playground.
Stegosaurus and cabbage palm!
Stegosaurus and cabbage palm!
His eyes move!
His eyes move!
Dilophosaurus.
Dilophosaurus.
Baby dinos in a nest.
Baby dinos in a nest.
T-Rex!
T-Rex!
Cute little dinos.
Cute little dinos.
Taking a photo.
Taking a photo.
Diabloceratops.
Diabloceratops.
Sea monster.
Sea monster.
Turtles on a log, and sea monster sculpture.
Turtles on a log, and sea monster sculpture.
Jungly area at the dinosaur walk.
Jungly area at the dinosaur walk.
Frog sculptures.
Frog sculptures.
Box turtle!
Box turtle!

Directions

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located at 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449. 
Open daily 9-5.
Price is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, and $11 for kids aged 3-12.

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Last Updated Tue, 29 May 2018 00:18:07 GMT