Pine Knoll Shores Exhibits

Loggerhead odyssey

Featuring Caretta's Cove

Follow the journey of loggerhead sea turtles and even speak with one, in the Loggerhead Odyssey exhibit at the Aquarium. Watch as a tiny turtle hatches on a North Carolina beach and crawls to the ocean.  Meet a hatchling that’s being rehabilitated at the Aquarium.  Step into an immersive ocean setting and find out how far sea turtles travel, and the huge threats they face – primarily from plastic pollution. Join our challenge to go a day without disposable plastics and help save sea turtles. Younger visitors can test their turtle knowledge with interactive games.           

Then, stop by Caretta’s Cove and talk with a turtle. The new digital puppetry theater features a spunky Southern female loggerhead, named Caretta.  The charming and beautiful, forever 29-year-old sea turtle has traveled the Atlantic Ocean far and wide. She will share her experiences and take questions from visitors several times a day. 

Little Minnows Play Area

Designed especially for our smallest visitors, the Little Minnows Play Area encourages free play and lots of imagination. Toddlers and preschoolers can play dress-up, ride and climb on cushioned toys, and relax with a book in a reading nook.  Free with admission.

Spadefish Gallery

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores regularly exhibits unique art. Shows change quarterly, so check our special events section for a more detailed look at the featured artist. The current featured artist is Linda Carole Werthwein. Werthwein's collection of large, oil paintings is titled "WAVES" and expresses the movement and dynamics of the sea.  

  • Linda Werthwein: from the  "WAVES" art show
  • Mike Basher: from the "PULSE"
  • Langly C. "Alligator" from the colored pencil art show
  • "Wildlife Selfies" art show
  • Rosemary Kramer: "Winter Waterbirds" art show

Tree-mendous nature Play Area

On the Alice Hoffman Nature Trail

Enjoy two slides, a climbing net, a treehouse platform, a swinging bridge and tons of other cool stuff to inspire physical activity and creative outdoor enjoyment. The playground is near the start of the Alice Hoffman Nature Trail, off the marsh boardwalk. Aquarium admission or membership is required but there is no extra charge for this fun addition to the Aquarium campus.

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