Here are some answers to
the most frequently asked questions. If you can't find the
answer to your question here, please contact
us and we will be happy to address specific questions.
Where are the rest rooms?
A. There are restrooms outside the main entrance, near the
ticket windows. Others are located inside, near the touch
pool on the upper level, and near the gift shop on the lower
What time is the next feeding?
A. There are feedings at 3 p.m. daily. The location will
be announced within 15 minutes of the feeding.
How long does it take to tour?
A. An hour or two is usually sufficient, but you can easily
spend much more time if you take advantage of special programs.
And remember, spending extra time at each exhibit can help
you learn even more about our fascinating animals and their
Where can we get something to eat?
A. We have a snack bar on our lower level, facing the
garden area. Available are: yogurt deserts, chips, hot-dogs,
popcorn and other snacks.
What time is the next ferry?
A. We refer to a current ferry schedule to answer this
question for our visitors. To find out ahead of time,
Where is the closest ATM/ phone?
A. Many of the banks and businesses in nearby Carolina
Beach have ATM’s. We no longer have an ATM on-site.
Do you have whales - dolphins - sharks?
A. We have sharks – two species, at present, plus
skates and rays – but not live whales or dolphins.
Our Open Oceans Gallery features a very nice whale exhibit,
which includes whale skeletons and scale models of a humpback
whale and her calf. The Aquarium is active in bottlenose
dolphin research, but we have no marine mammals on exhibit
Does your gift shop sell film?
A. Yes, and we also sell “disposable” cameras.
Do you have a place to picnic inside?
A. Sorry, no food is allowed inside the building. However,
a covered area outside the snack bar provides shade, shelter,
and a nice view of the garden area.
Can we bring our pet dog inside?
A. Sorry, no pets are allowed inside. Only “working
dogs,” also known as guide dogs, are permitted beyond
the admission area.
What else is there to do in this area?
A. A wonderful variety of recreational, cultural and educational
opportunities can be found in the lower Cape Fear area,
and in the nearby Pleasure Island communities of Kure
Beach and Carolina Beach. Beaches, shopping, museums,
sightseeing – these are just a few examples. We
recommend browsing through some of the brochures available
just outside our gift-shop entrance, on the lower level.
On the internet, visit www.cape-fear.nc.us/ for a comprehensive
guide to our area.