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. Visit us today to wonder at hundreds of free-flying butterflies in the NEW Butterfly Bungalow. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)


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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:

  • Visit the NEW Butterfly Bungalow
  • Touch a live shark
  • Climb along Adventure Reef
  • Meet an albino alligator
  • Talk to a SCUBA diver

What’s New

FF-Butterfly-Stock-GettyDon’t Miss the Butterfly Bungalow

Colorful. Exotic. Tranquil. Encounter the flutter of hundreds of butterflies flying free.

Open ONLY through September

Volunteer&TouchpoolHispanic Heritage Day

Programs presented in English and Spanish in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Sunday, Sept. 21 Free with Aquarium admission.


10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27

Join us for fun fishing demonstrations, activities and classes.