Nature Play Area and Trail
Head outside the aquarium for great views of Bogue Sound and the maritime forest. From the marsh boardwalk, follow the trail to the Tree-mendous Nature Play area featuring a treehouse platform, climbing net, a swing, slides and more fun things for kids to do outdoors.
The playground is near the start of the Alice Hoffman Nature Trail, which is part of the 265-acre Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area located next to the aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores. Of the two trails available, the Alice Hoffman Nature Trail is a gentler, shorter trail that loops through the marsh, making it ideal for vacationers of all ages.
Free Daily Programs
The NC Aquarium offers an array of programs for kids and adults. See daily live animal programs where you can touch a sea turtle, horseshoe crab or other critters. Or see what happens at feeding time in various exhibits.
Excursions and Behind the Scenes Tours
From stand-up paddle boarding excursions to sea turtle treks and more, enjoy indoor and outdoor adventures and excursions throughout the year for you and your family, for just a small additional fee. Check the North Carolina Aquarium website for activity times and prices.
Emerald Isle Realty, Proud Sponsor of “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.