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)
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
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Adults: ages 13-61, $10.95
Seniors: ages 62+, $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
Colorful. Exotic. Tranquil. Encounter the flutter of hundreds of butterflies flying free.
Open through September
Know a teen who loves science, turtles and travel? Join Aquarium staff to learn more about the Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program.
10 a.m. Saturday, August 16
A neon night of science discovery for kids only, 10-13 year olds. Space is limited. Reserve a spot today.
6 p.m. August 23
Programs tailored to individuals with hearing impairments.
Saturday, Sept. 6
Free with Aquarium admission.
OCEARCH Founder Chris Fischer shares “Sharks: The Impossible is Possible”
7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8