NC Aquariums

Aquariums in North Carolina

Dine with Dr. Dino July 19-20 at NC Aquarium

Dine with Dr. Dino July 19-20 at NC Aquarium

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC July 9, 2014 – Dr. Dino brings his passion for paleontology and some of his fossilized finds to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores on July 19-20, in conjunction with the summer Dinosaur Adventure exhibit. Dr. Dino, a.k.a. Chris DeLorey and the education director at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Fl., has been hunting fossils for educational use for 25 years. Dine with Dr. Dino before or after hours, and enjoy exciting stories from the field, fascinating information about what new research has to say about these prehistoric animals, a narrated tour of the Dinosaur Adventure exhibit and a chance to make souvenir “fossils” from molds of dinosaur bones. Choose from two breakfast programs and an […]

NC Aquarium Way-Back Wednesdays look at the distant past

NC Aquarium Way-Back Wednesdays look at the distant past

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC June 11, 2014 – After you’ve seen the bygone beasts of Dinosaur Adventure at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, come inside for another peek at the prehistoric past with Way-back Wednesdays, themed around ancient animals. Activities every Wednesday through Aug. 27 focus on living links to distant history. Enjoy a stingray feeding at 10 a.m. The Creature Connection live animal program at 11 a.m. and an animal encounter at 2 p.m. also highlight creatures – alligators and sea turtles, for example — with ties to early times.         At 3:30 p.m., show off your acquaintance with long-ago creatures in an Aquarium jeopardy game. The little ones enjoy crafts on dinosaurs, horseshoe crabs and other […]

NC Aquarium bird show sends spirits soaring

NC Aquarium bird show sends spirits soaring

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC June 11, 2014 – Bring the flock for family fun at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores with Winging It – Birds in Flight. The ticketed program stars native raptors and water birds, some of which soar overhead in Big Rock Theater in response to commands. The show highlights the unique features of various owls, hawks, pelicans, vultures and other species. The audience enjoys extraordinary close encounters with these engaging creatures. The 2014 program uses the fun premise of a field trip with a wildlife biologist and an absent-minded intern to illuminate environmental issues that trouble these species, and solutions that can be incorporated into everyday life. All the birds in the show have […]

NC Aquarium Earth Day Party for the Planet

NC Aquarium Earth Day Party for the Planet

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC April 14, 2014 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a personal touch to make the conservation connection at the annual Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival this Saturday. The Aquarium’s traveling touch tanks put live animals such as sea stars and horseshoe crabs at your fingertips during the event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Macon State Park visitor center. Also enjoy live music by Gumbo Lily and fun, hands-on activities for children. More than 20 organizations annually join together for the observance, which is free. The Aquarium continues its celebration with a week-long Party for the Planet through April 26, emphasizing green places and spaces. Look for helpful displays among the […]

Earth Fair OBX III

Earth Fair OBX III

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC April 2, 2014 – Celebrate this year’s Earth Day at the third annual OBX Earth Fair Saturday, April 26, at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, 850 NC 345, in Wanchese. A number of local organizations team up to provide an afternoon of family fun, featuring lots of  hands-on activities throughout the facility and on surrounding grounds. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island brings Enviroscape, an interactive model for demonstrating how water can become polluted when it travels over land, streets, yards and through storm drains. The model also points out how our personal actions can affect the health of our oceans, sounds and waterways. Earth Day features an ongoing speaker series by local professionals and a […]

Summer Camp Registration, is now open!

Summer Camp Registration, is now open!

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 27, 2014 – Summer Camps at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island are where lasting friendships are made. Where fun and adventure go hand-in-hand. Sign your child or children up today:  Click here. Call 252-473-3494 ext. 232 if you have further questions.  

Bald Cypress Planted for Arbor Day

Bald Cypress Planted for Arbor Day

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 27, 2014 – Dunes of Dare Garden Club ladies helped the North Carolina NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island Outreach Coordinator, Rhana Paris plant a bald cypress tree with NHES Kindergartners for Arbor Day last Friday. Working as a partner with and in our community, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Room with a View for Loggerheads

Room with a View for Loggerheads

KURE BEACH, NC March 26, 2014 – A renovation and expansion of the sea turtle exhibit at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers juvenile loggerhead turtles a larger space to swim and grow and offers visitors a more engaging experience. The new display includes three areas: a life-sized bronze sea turtle sculpture perfect for family photo opportunities, a sea turtle swim area and a visual conservation message. Visitors can talk with an aquarium educator about sea turtles learning more about nesting behaviors, facts about the threatened animals and more. An education wall with conservation take-aways also encourages beach visitors to think about their own actions to protect sea turtles. Something as simple like filling in holes and sand castle […]

Butterflies Land at the Aquarium

Butterflies Land at the Aquarium

KURE BEACH, NC March 25, 2014 – A new exhibit takes flight this spring at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Unlike many at the popular attraction, this experience does not include scales or fins. Yet, it continues the Aquarium’s mission of inspiring conservation and appreciation of the natural world. Visitors to the new Butterfly Bungalow delight in the beauty of hundreds of exotic butterflies from around the world. Through the encounter, guests gain a better understanding of the importance of butterflies and other insect pollinators. “The Butterfly Bungalow and garden offers guests a wonderful, immersive experience,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “You can’t help but smile when a butterfly floats by or lands on your shoulder. We hope it […]

Brooke Wilson, AmeriCorp member, joins staff

Brooke Wilson, AmeriCorp member, joins staff

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC March 24, 2014 – Brooke Wilson, a native North Carolinian, was born and raised in Greensboro. She attended NC State University and graduated last July with a degree in zoology. Brooke has worked as a volunteer and intern with variety of conservation groups over the last 9 years , beginning as a docent at the Natural Science Center in Greensboro. She also worked as an intern at the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham and the Manatee Rehab facility at the Tampa Florida Zoo. Currently Brooke,  an AmeriCorps member,  is working with the Aquarium’s education team and presenting daily educational programs. Her stay will last for seven months, as she joins the staff in promoting the Aquarium’s mission […]