North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

All there is to see and do at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores!

turtle at the aquarium

The TREE-mendous Nature Play Playground is now open at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores! The playground features:

  • Treehouse lookout platform
  • Long swinging bridge
  • Climbing net
  • Open slide
  • Enclosed spiral slide
  • And much more!
  • Located on the Hoffman Nature Trail beyond the marsh, the playground is a permanent addition to the Aquarium and has the same 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily hours!


    Every day at the Aquarium, enjoy gallons of family fun and a variety of other programs free with admission – dive shows, animal feedings, animal encounters – even an environmental quiz game with cool prizes. Watch river otters frolic during otter programs four days a week.  Shark Week July 27 – August 2 brings programs and activities to spotlight the top predators of the seas.

    Winging It: Birds in Flight features North Carolina’s raptors and waterbirds in an educational presentation that also is packed with family fun. All the birds in the show have injuries or conditions that prevent them from being released into the wild. The program runs daily at 1 p.m. Tickets are $4 in addition to admission.

    Surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayak excursions or other outdoor adventures are offered daily in the summer for additional fees. For hot or rainy days, extend your Aquarium visit with a variety of specialized behind-the-scenes tour. Check the website for the full schedule and be sure to sign up ahead of time. Advance registration is required for all fee-based programs.

    The activities schedules change and the dinosaurs go extinct in September, but the fun keeps going. The Aquarium is open year-round. Check the website for information on special Aquarium holiday events such as Trick or Treat Under the Sea, Santa by the Sea and, for Valentine’s Day, the adults-only Seduction in the Seas.


    Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, including holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

    Address: 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512; five miles west of Atlantic Beach

    Phone: 252-247-4003

    Admission: $10.95  for ages 13-61; $9.95 for military and ages 62 and up; $8.95 for ages 3-12; no charge for ages 2 and under and North Carolina Aquarium Society members.

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