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The North Carolina Aquariums operate three facilities located

on Roanoke Island, at Pine Knoll Shores, and at Fort Fisher.




Photo of Roanoke Island exterior

North Carolina Aquarium
on Roanoke Island


PKS Exterior

North Carolina Aquarium
at Pine Knoll Shores


Artist Drawing of Fort Fisher

North Carolina Aquarium
at Fort Fisher



The Aquariums were established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina's ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments.


The North Carolina Aquariums are a division of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The Aquariums are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


PKS Opening

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores reopened May 19, 2006 after a $25 million expansion.

The North Carolina Aquariums continue to expand and improve. In 1976, the Aquariums had a little more than two hundred thousand visitors. Last year, the North Carolina Aquariums educated over one million visitors. The Aquariums have completed expansion of all three facilities, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island and Fort Fisher, doubling the size of each.



For more information on each facility, follow the links above, or contact the North Carolina Aquarium Society at 1-800-832-FISH (3474).