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)

Please note to prepare for the Santa by the Sea event the Aquarium will close at 4:30 p.m. (with last general admission ticket sold at 4 p.m.) on Saturdays Dec. 13 and 20. The Aquarium will reopen at 5 p.m. for the event.


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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

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

23 sea turtles injured in a mass cold-stunning event along the New England coast are being cared for at the Aquarium.
diving-santaSANTA BY THE SEA5 to 8 p.m.  Dec. 13 & 20

Advance Tickets Only $15

A magical holiday experience.

FF_ElfLegs_MediumHOLIDAY ELF CAMPSDec. 6, 13, 20, 22 and 23

For ages 5-12

Learn more and register here.