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NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

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NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina NC

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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is a great place to visit in the middle of the day when it's too hot to go to the beach! The temporary exhibits are often great. There was a dinosaur walk outdoors which was so cool! Huge dinosaurs roared and rolled their eyes, and one even shot water!
Two lookout points are a good place for spotting birds in the sound. Outside there is also a snake area where you can see cottonmouth snakes, eastern rattlesnakes, and copperheads.
Inside, check out the huge tank with sharks- it's fun to watch the divers enter the tank and try to keep the sharks away from each other with sticks. There's a giant lobster, an octopus, jellies, grass carp, green tree frogs, catfish, screech owls, corn snakes, an albino turtle, baby Carolina alligators, spotted turtles, longnose gars, tropical fish and a yellow eel, sea horses, and river otters.
A display of shells, sharks teeth, and sand dollars is nice so you can identify ones you found. There's also a touch tank of rays.  Kids will enjoy the sculptures the size of them, such as a frog, a dinosaur egg they can climb into, and a turtle. Toddlers have a play area all to themselves. The aquarium is more darkly lit than the other North Carolina aquariums.
After, swim at nearby Pine Knoll Shores Beach (there are several beach parking lots on Salter Path Rd opposite the beach) or seventeen minutes to the west at Emerald Isle Beach!
While on the Crystal Coast, check out Fort Macon State Park, an interesting and pretty place that is a 19 minute drive to the east.

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Frog sculpture.
Frog sculpture.
Green tree frog.
Green tree frog.
Grass carp.
Grass carp.
Spotted frog sculpture.
Spotted frog sculpture.
Catfish!
Catfish!
Dinosaur looking in the window! The dinosaur walk was a temporary exhibit.
Dinosaur looking in the window! The dinosaur walk was a temporary exhibit.
Dinosaurs on the run!
Dinosaurs on the run!
Boardwalk down to water views.
Boardwalk down to water views.
Looking through telescopes.
Looking through telescopes.
Bogue Sound and its grass islands.
Bogue Sound and its grass islands.
Sunny boardwalk with plaques informing about nature.
Sunny boardwalk with plaques informing about nature.
Shady walkway.
Shady walkway.
Brachiosaurus! The dinosaur walk was a temporary exhibit.
Brachiosaurus! The dinosaur walk was a temporary exhibit.
Utahraptor, a fully-feathered predator.
Utahraptor, a fully-feathered predator.
Timber rattlesnake.
Timber rattlesnake.
Boy looking back at a dinosaur! The dinosaur walk was a temporary exhibit.
Boy looking back at a dinosaur! The dinosaur walk was a temporary exhibit.
Eastern Screech Owl- see the other owl behind him!
Eastern Screech Owl- see the other owl behind him!
Playground with rope climbey, swinging bridge, and twisty slide.
Playground with rope climbey, swinging bridge, and twisty slide.
Bogue Sound through the trees.
Bogue Sound through the trees.
Dinosaur eggs!
Dinosaur eggs!
Corn snakes, as if in a shed.
Corn snakes, as if in a shed.
Funny turtle.
Funny turtle.
Carolina alligators!
Carolina alligators!
Spotted turtle.
Spotted turtle.
Longnose gars. I love these guys.
Longnose gars. I love these guys.
Shells.
Shells.
Sand dollar, sea star, sharks teeth, and mermaid's purses.
Sand dollar, sea star, sharks teeth, and mermaid's purses.
Touch tank fun.
Touch tank fun.
Pretty fish.
Pretty fish.
A boy checks out a shark.
A boy checks out a shark.
Yellow eel!
Yellow eel!
Tropical fish.
Tropical fish.
Jellyfish.
Jellyfish.
Jellyfish swimming gracefully.
Jellyfish swimming gracefully.
Map of sunken ships.
Map of sunken ships.
Shark!
Shark!
Lined seahorse.
Lined seahorse.
The entrance to the museum.
The entrance to the museum.
Dinosaur on the attack! The dinosaur walk was a temporary exhibit.
Dinosaur on the attack! The dinosaur walk was a temporary exhibit.

Directions

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is located at 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512.
Open daily 9-5.
Admission is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, and $11 for children aged 3-12. If you have a membership to another center like a science center or zoo, you might get a discount. 

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