This Week at the Aquarium

For easy indoor activity registration please click here. Easy registration for an outdoor activity happens here.

See something new every day at the Aquarium. Aquarium admission includes free daily programs including animal presentations, short films, dive shows and exciting animal feedings. To view the daily program schedule click here.

Explore more at the Aquarium through special activities and programs. Look below to see upcoming activities. If you’d like to see activities for the entire month click here. Please note special activities require preregistration and an additional fee.

TUESDAY 8/16

Fins and Family Tour 2Fins and Family Tour

Date: Tuesday, September 16
Time: 10 a.m.
Ages: 3 and older.
Fee: $16 for ages 13 and older, $14 for ages 3-12 . Aquarium admission included.
Preregistration required.

A short and sweet tour behind the scenes for the young and curious. This 30-minute exploration packs in gallons of hidden fun and learning specifically for families with children 3 to 7 years old. Staff shares fin-tastic animal facts and assists in creating a fishy craft to take home. Then follow the hidden passages to the top of the Aquarium’s largest habitat for views of sharks, rays, a green sea turtle and much more. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes.

WEDNESDAY 8/17

behind the scenesExtended Behind the Scenes Tour

Date: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 2 p.m.
Ages: 8 and older. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Fee: $23 for ages 13 and older, $21 for ages 8-12 . Aquarium admission included. Preregistration required.

It’s feeding time, and you’re invited to watch. Visit the top of our largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals, during an expanded tour behind the scenes. Get a birds-eye view of this 235,000 gallon tank as sharks, stingrays, moray eels and other fish swim below! Aquarists feed the animals during the tour, offering a unique opportunity for close-up viewing. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes.

THURSDAY 8/18

Fins and Family TourFins and Family Tour

Date: Thursday, September 18
Time: 2 p.m.
Ages: 3 and older.
Fee: $16 for ages 13 and older, $14 for ages 3-12 . Aquarium admission included.
Preregistration required.
A short and sweet tour behind the scenes for the young and curious. This 30-minute exploration packs in gallons of hidden fun and learning specifically for families with children 3 to 7 years old. Staff shares fin-tastic animal facts and assists in creating a fishy craft to take home. Then follow the hidden passages to the top of the Aquarium’s largest habitat for views of sharks, rays, a green sea turtle and much more. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes.

FRIDAY 8/19

Children's Discovery TimeChildren’s Discovery Time

Date: Friday, September 19
Time: 11 a.m.
Ages: 3-5.
Fee: $14 per child. Aquarium admission included. Parents pay admission only.
“Freshwater Friends” – Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program.

SATURDAY 8/20

Behind the ScenesBehind the Scenes Tour

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 11:15 a.m.
Ages: 8 and older. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Fee: $18 for ages 13 and older, $16 for ages 8-12 . Aquarium admission included. Preregistration required.

Wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the Aquarium? Learn more and accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation and staff only access areas. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes.

Aquarist ApprenticeAquarist Apprentice

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 2 p.m.
Ages: 10 and older. Children between 10 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Fee: $28 for ages 13 and older, $26 for ages 10-12 . Aquarium admission included. Preregistration required.

Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love.  Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live and how to care for them. Assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy.

FF-SummerCamp-CanoeCanoeing the Salt Marsh

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 9 a.m.
Ages: 8 and older. Children between 8 and 12 must be accompanied by two adults.
Fee: $25 per participant . Aquarium admission not included. Preregistration required.

A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Activities may include crabbing, seining or birding. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes.

Surf FishingSurf Fishing Workshop

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 9 a.m.
Ages: 10 and older.
Fee: $15 per participant . Aquarium admission not included. Preregistration required.

This three hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby.  All equipment and bait provided.  Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net).

SUNDAY 9/21

Behind the ScenesBehind the Scenes Tour

Date: Sunday, September 21
Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Ages: 8 and older. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Fee: $18 for ages 13 and older, $16 for ages 8-12 . Aquarium admission included. Preregistration required.

Wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the Aquarium? Learn more and accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation and staff only access areas. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes.

For easy registration for an indoor activity please click here. For easy registration for an outdoor activity please click here.