Pine Knoll Shores Exhibits

Dinosaurs Summer 2018

Memorial Day Through Labor day

This summer, some prehistoric guests are visiting. Dinosaurs have arrived and will be here until Sept. 4, 2018. See a stegosaurus, utahraptor, and t-rex. Two of our dinosaurs were part of a public coloring contest and have been painted like the winning submissions. See if you can spot the suchomimus, painted like the endangered African wild dog, and the coelophysis, painted like the endangered king cheetah.  

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

Featuring "Feather Your Nest"

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 Jeffrey P Karnes. Karnes's collection of portraits of local water birds is titled "Feather Your Nest" and depicts our connection to the natural world.  

  • "Feather Your Nest" by Jeffrey P Karnes
  • Linda Werthwein: from the
  • 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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