Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. including most holidays.
The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The Aquarium closes early for the October Halloween event, Trick or Treat Under the Sea, and the December Santa-by-the-Sea event.
General Admission Prices
Adults (Ages 13-61): $12.95
Seniors (Ages 62 and older): $11.95
Children (Ages 3-12): $10.95
Ages 2 and younger and NC Aquarium Society Members: FREE
taxes not included
Buy tickets online! Programs and Fees
Every day we offer fun and educational programs inside the Aquarium that are free with admission. We also offer special programs for a small extra fee like behind-the-scenes tours and outdoor programs. Check out our calendar to find out what's happening today at the aquarium. Don't forget to look at our special events page also.
Five miles west of Atlantic Beach. From NC 58, turn onto Pine Knoll Boulevard at the stoplight, Milepost 7; turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. Signs along US 70 and NC 58 point the way. Click here for a map. GPS: 34°41’58?N, 76°49’46?W
Free Admission Days
The Aquarium admits all visitors free of charge on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on the third Monday each January.
GROUP DISCOUNTS: Group discount rates apply to civic organizations and out of state school groups only. These groups of 15 people or more will qualify for 15 percent off admission, when the group registers in advance and purchases all tickets with one payment. A 25 percent discount is available for 50 or more tickets purchased in advance. Register online or call us at 252-247-4003 x290 or x225.
NC SCHOOL GROUPS: North Carolina school groups, including North Carolina home-school groups, are admitted free if registered in advance. The Aquarium is a favorite field trip for North Carolina schools. Teachers, these visits MUST be scheduled in advance. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the Aquarium’s five galleries, view the 40 exhibits, take in the daily free programs, stroll the boardwalk or venture along the nature trails. A visit to the Gift Shop and the on-site Dairy Queen® also deserve a spot on your itinerary. For more information or to register call us at 252-247-4003 x290 or x225.
The Aquarium's expansive galleries can accommodate large crowds. But, if you like things a little quieter, consider the first two hours in the morning and the last two hours in the afternoon, which are not as busy as mid-day. Summer is the busiest time of year. Fall, winter and spring are great times to visit.