Fort Fisher Free Programs


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.


Observe animals and their feeding behaviors each day. Aquarium educators answer your questions about animal diets and more. 
11 a.m. Freshwater fishes at Roan Island.
3 p.m. Coastal saltwater nursery at Buzzard Bay
11 a.m.  Invertebrates and stingrays at the Touch Pool 
3 p.m. Sharks and schooling fish at Cape Fear Shoals
11 a.m. Longnose gar at Hidden Hunters 
3 p.m. Coastal saltwater nursery at Buzzard Bay
11 a.m. Invertebrates and stingrays at the Touch Pool
3 p.m. Sharks and schooling fish at Cape Fear Shoals
11 a.m. Longnose gar at Hidden Hunters
3 p.m. Tropical fish at Sharktooth Ledge
11 a.m. Tropical fish at Sharktooth Ledge
3 p.m. Stingrays and schooling fish at Shadows on the Sand
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.

Toddler Story TIME Returns wednesday, september 5

Join us for an animal-related story and animal encounter perfect for young explorers in the Moray Eel Cave 10 a.m. every Wednesday (does not include crafts). Story Time concludes for the 10:30 dive program. Free with aquarium admission.

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