Fort Fisher Free Programs

DAILY DISCoveries

Perfect for all ages. Learn more about marine environments, see an animal up close and ask educators your questions. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Programs and times are subject to change.

ANIMAL FEEDINGS

Observe animals and their feeding behaviors each day. Aquarium educators answer your questions about animal diets and more. 
Monday:
11 a.m. Freshwater fishes at Roan Island.
3 p.m. Coastal saltwater nursery at Buzzard Bay
Tuesday:
11 a.m.  Invertebrates and stingrays at the Touch Pool 
3 p.m. Sharks and schooling fish at Cape Fear Shoals
Wednesday:
11 a.m. Longnose gar at Hidden Hunters 
3 p.m. Coastal saltwater nursery at Buzzard Bay
Thursday:
11 a.m. Invertebrates and stingrays at the Touch Pool
3 p.m. Sharks and schooling fish at Cape Fear Shoals
Friday:
11 a.m. Longnose gar at Hidden Hunters
3 p.m. Tropical fish at Sharktooth Ledge
Saturday:
11 a.m. Tropical fish at Sharktooth Ledge
3 p.m. Stingrays and schooling fish at Shadows on the Sand
Sunday:
11 a.m.  Lobsters and lionfish in the Exotic Aquatics Gallery
3 p.m. Stingrays and schooling fish at Shadows on the Sand

 

Dialog with a Diver

Talk with a diver swimming among sharks, schooling fish, rays and a green sea turtle named Shelldon. The diver answers your questions with the help of an Aquarium educator. 

10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Creature Feature

Meet and learn about selected animals up close and personal. From jellyfish and crabs to turtles and alligators-you’re sure to enjoy these lively encounters. 11:30 a.m.

Ocean Odyssey

Guided by an Aquarium educator, you’ll discover fascinating facts about our watery world. Dress up like a shark, touch a turtle shell or test your Aquarium knowledge. 1:30 p.m.

Animal Encounters 

Meet reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and more up close and personal. Times vary.

Smart Cart Connection

Discover unusual shells, fossils and aquatic-themed activities with the help of Aquarium experts. Times vary.

Educational Films

Watch short, engaging films in the Aquarium’s auditorium. Topics range from sharks and whales to how you can make a positive change in the environment. Times vary.

Shark tuesdays

Celebrate all things shark-tacular every Tuesday through August 14! Flip the script on what you know about these fin-tastic creatures with hands on activities and games.

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