North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Welcome to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach, NC at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Visitors journey along “The Waters of the Cape Fear” — from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)

We’re working to save animals from extinction. Find out more about these important efforts here.

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Free Daily Programs

Daily schedule for dive shows, creature features and feedings here.


The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located on US 421 approximately 15 miles south of Wilmington, just beyond Kure Beach. From Southport, take the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry.
For ferry schedule, call 910-457-6942 or toll free at 1-800-BYFERRY.
GPS: 33°57’46”N, 77°55’32”W
Street address:
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Click here for map and directions


Adults: ages 13–61, $10.95*
Seniors: ages 62+, $9.95*
Military: $9.95*
Children: ages 3-12, $8.95*
Ages 2 and younger and North Carolina Aquarium Society Members: FREE
*tax not included
Purchase tickets for your aquarium visit online here.

See what you can do:

  • Touch a live shark
  • Climb along Adventure Reef
  • Meet an albino alligator
  • Talk to a SCUBA diver
  • Come face-to-face with a sea turtle

What’s New

5-8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19An evening of holiday cheer with Santa and his aquatic friends. Learn more and buy tickets here.
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Gift making, friend making and fun!Dec. 5, 12, 19; 21-23Ages 5–12 with preregistration
FF-JellyTree-seamailFESTIVAL OF TREESNov. 23-Dec.6

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Free with Aquarium admission

TravelersTripAdvisor 2015 Travelers' Choice Winner‘ Choice
See why TripAdvisor names us a top 25 U.S. aquarium.