Daily Programs

Daily programs are appropriate for all ages and are a chance to learn more about marine environments, see an animal up close, and interact with our educators. Available on a first-come, first served basis, programs are subject to change, so check the monitors at the Aquarium upon your arrival or ask a staff member for the most accurate schedule.

Dialog with a Diver

Wait…the diver can talk under water?

Observe Aquarium divers in our 235,000 gallon Cape Fear Shoals exhibit as they go about their daily tasks and swim with sharks, rays and eels. With the help of an Aquarium educator, the divers will answer your questions about exhibit inhabitants, while submerged 20 feet.
Times: 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

Creature Feature

Although our tanks provide many opportunities to view aquatic life, here’s a chance to learn about selected animals up close and personal. From rays and crabs to turtles and alligators-all are lively encounters you’re sure to enjoy.
Time: 11:30 a.m.

Ocean Odyssey

So much to learn, so much to see! Join an Aquarium educator to discover fascinating facts about our watery world. Dress up like a shark, touch a turtle shell or test your Aquarium knowledge.
Time: 1:30 p.m.

Animal Feedings

Animals have to eat their vegetables too!

Observe the behavior of animals being fed at the Aquarium each day. An educator is on hand to answer questions and offer insights about types of diet, feeding patterns and more.
Times: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Feeding Schedule as of May 2015

  • Mondays: 11 a.m. Raven Rock (freshwater carp and striped bass)
    3 p.m. Buzzard’s Bay (coastal saltwater nursery)
  • Tuesdays: 11 a.m. Touch Pool (invertebrates, stingrays)
    3 p.m. Cape Fear Shoals (sharks and schooling fish)
  • Wednesdays: 11 a.m.  Raven Rock (freshwater carp and striped bass)
    3 p.m. Sharktooth Ledge (small tropical fish)
  • Thursdays: 11 a.m. Touch Pool (invertebrates, stingrays)
    3 p.m. Cape Fear Shoals (sharks and schooling fish)
  • Fridays: 11 a.m.  Raven Rock (freshwater carp and striped bass)
    3 p.m. Hidden Hunters (longnose gar and shortnose sturgeon)
  • Saturdays: 11 a.m. Sharktooth Ledge (small tropical fish)
    3 p.m. Shadows on the Sand (stingrays, guitarfish)
  • Sundays: 11 a.m. Buzzard’s Bay (coastal saltwater nursery)
    3 p.m. Shadows on the Sand (stingrays, guitarfish)

Animal Encounters

I can touch a turtle?

Guests get the chance to be up close and personal with a variety of animals at the Aquarium. Educators introduce you to reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and more as they answer your questions.
Time: 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Smart Cart Connection

Be on the lookout for educators and aquarium volunteers sharing information on a variety of interesting topics. Carts stocked with shells, skulls, and activities are set up in different locations to highlight Aquarium animals and habitats.
Times: Vary throughout the day.

Educational Films

These short, engaging films are shown in the Aquarium’s auditorium to increase awareness and knowledge among the general public. Topics range from sharks and whales to how you can make a positive change in the environment.
Times: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.