Fort Fisher Free Programs

Fort Fisher Free Programs and Adventures


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. Stingrays and schooling fish at Shadows on the Sand
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. Box turtles in the Freshwater Conservatory
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. Stingrays and schooling fish at Shadows on the Sand
3 p.m. Tropical fish at Sharktooth Ledge
11 a.m.  Box turtles in the Freshwater Conservatory
3 p.m. Longnose gar at Hidden Hunters


Dialog with a Diver

Go beneath the surface with a diver swimming among sharks, schooling fish, rays and a green sea turtle named Shelldon. Make discoveries about the ocean and you during this interactive experience. 

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

Creature Feature

Unearth more about wildlife found locally and globally. From jellyfish and crabs to turtles and alligators-you’re sure to learn a thing or two when you focus on these fascinating creatures . 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. 11:30 a.m. and 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 StoryTIME 

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

Welcome to Nature Play by the Sea!

Adventure happens here every day.

Explore more outdoors. Head to the bike path on aquarium grounds and follow signs to Nature Play. 

Dig, Climb, Build, Balance, Sing, Jump, Swing  and enjoy the outdoors TOGETHER!

Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., conditions permitting. No ticket required.

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