NC Aquarium embraces octopus awareness Oct. 8

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores honors the octopus and other tentacled creatures of its class on Cephalopod Awareness Day, Oct. 8. The celebration features crafts, games, displays, creature connection programs and other activities focused on these intelligent invertebrates. Celphalopods, related to snails, slugs and clams, are  characterized by well-developed eyes and arms [...]

Colorful cast soars in Bird’s-Eye View through Sept. 13

Take your visit to new heights with a twice-daily bird show, Bird’s-Eye View, free with admission through Sept. 13. In addition to owls, pelicans and other raptors and water birds found in  North Carolina, three sun conures take to the air in Big Rock Theater during the program, daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. [...]

North Carolina Aquariums among the best in the US

Fascinating animals, friendly staff and dynamic exhibits make the North Carolina Aquariums three of the best in the nation, according to a popular travel website. The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores came in at number 12, Fort Fisher at 16 and Roanoke Island, 19, on the TripAdvisor® list of the top 25 aquariums in the [...]

Sign up for outdoor adventure and indoor discoveries

Explore the coastal environment with hands-on, feet-wet adventures under guidance from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Stand-up paddle boarding, a.k.a. SUP, returns to the schedule five days a week. New this year — two sessions are customized for younger kids and their parents. The Aquarium SUP sessions combine a hot trend in [...]

Dinosaurs return to Aquarium

Free admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked this question: “What did you do to help others?” In honor of Dr. King, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is offering free admission on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19. Bring family and friends and enjoy exhibits, live animals and educational programs. A live dive [...]

Photo exhibit features early morning images

Enjoy sights seen in the early hours along coastal routes with a photography exhibit titled “Good Morning!” Renate Eichinger took most of the shots during her morning commute between Beaufort and Harkers Island, pulling over when inspiration struck. “For many, I didn’t even get out of my car,” she said. A few images were captured [...]

Endangered Species Day is May 16

Join the Aquarium to recognize Endangered Species Day on May 16. The Aquarium highlights local endangered species through videos, live animal programs and games. Learn about the problems facing endangered and threatened species and how  simple changes in your daily life can help protect the environment and the animals that depend on it.  

Now TWO sessions of NC Aquarium Toddler Time

Bring your little ones for a special time together enjoying stories, crafts, songs,  puppets and animal encounters in Toddler Time. New this year – choose from two time slots every Wednesday: 9:30-10:20 a.m.  or 10:30-11:20 a.m. Toddler Time runs through March 25. The activities in Clearwater Classroom focus on a different animal each week. Toddler [...]

Volunteer Diver will be missed by dive team

Volunteer diver David Martin passed away last week at a hospice in Pennsylvania, he will be missed by many, especially his dive team at the Aquarium. David completed 298 GYA dives in support of the Aquarium’s dive program, the last one in October of 2013, his goal was to make the 300 level. Dive Safety [...]