Programs & Activities

While touring the Aquarium or to add adventure to your visit, choose from a variety of fun and educational programs and activities offered throughout the year.

Daily Programs Indoor Programs
Be sure to join us for our daily programs during your tour of the aquarium, offered free with admission. Whether it’s a behind the scenes tour or a hands-on apprentice program, learn how the Aquarium operates.
Outdoor Exploration Summer Camp
For all ages and skill levels, explore North Carolina’s natural environment with an experienced naturalist. For ages 5-14, camps provide fun and safe learning opportunities with knowledgeable and competent leadership.
Children’s Programs
Birthday Parties
Inspire your child when science comes to life with fun crafts, lively stories and animal encounters. Tired of hosting your child’s party at your house? Bring them to the aquarium! Live animals bring excitement to the party.
Scout Programs Sleeping with the Fishes
A fun and interactive way for Boy and Girl scouts to earn merit badges through the Aquarium’s scout programs. Imagine… a slumber party at the aquarium where kids can sleep in front of the big tank. Live animals and MORE!

Advance Registration and Fees

Pre-registration is required with a credit card number by calling 910-772-0542 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm or e-mail Programs require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or low enrollment.

Please be on time for reserved programs, cancellation is required 24 hours before the program. Participants are charged full program fees, regardless of attendance, if they do not call and cancel 24 hours in advance. For more information, please call the aquarium during office hours (Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Click here if you are scheduling a school group.
Click here if you are scheduling a large group visit.