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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

1 Roosevelt Blvd.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

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While vacationing on the Crystal Coast, pay a visit to the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. This amazing aquarium is designed to take you on an aquatic journey “from the mountains to the sea” where you’ll see all kinds of animals, such as river otters, sharks, rare sea turtles, stingrays and more!

You also can enjoy free daily programs for kids and adults. See live animal programs where you can touch a sea turtle, horseshoe crab and other critters. There’s also “Winging It: Birds in Flight” daily at 1 p.m. where you can catch native raptors and shorebirds as they show off cool tricks to the audience.

We are open year round, including all holidays except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


  • Ages 13 to 61: $10.95
  • Ages 62 and over: $9.95
  • Military: $9.95
  • Children Aged 3 to 12:$8.95
  • Children under 2 are admitted for free.

*Prices are subject to change from what’s listed on this site. Please call the aquarium at 252-247-4003 or visit the website for further information.


Grass Flats

Emerald Isle Realty proudly sponsors the saltwater tank “Grass Flats,” home of the official state fish, the Red Drum. We’ve dedicated our tank at the NC Aquarium to all of our vacationing families. There are two other North Carolina Aquariums located at Fort Fisher and Roanoke Island. Together the NC. Aquariums work to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.

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