Pine Knoll Shores Special Events

Beers for  A porpoise

Family-Friendly Fundraiser for the Vaquita Porpoise

The vaquita porpoise is the world's smallest dolphin. It lives only in the Gulf of California and, due to illegal fishing, there are less than 30 remaining in the wild. The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is teaming up with Crystal Coast Brewing Company to bring you a party with a purpose - Beers For A Porpoise! 

The event, which is FREE and family friendly, will be held from 5-7 pm Sept. 28 at Crystal Coast Brewing in Morehead City, 702 Arendell Street. There will be a food truck for the event, provided by Urban Street Eats, and Duke Marine Lab Director  Dr. Andy Read will be the guest speaker at 6 pm. Reid is also a member of the Global Recovery Team for Vaquita. 

All donations made during the event will go directly to VaquitaCPR

No registration required! 

New Art Show: "Waves"

(now through September)


The Spadefish Gallery features a new art exhibit of  bright, bold and colorful oil paintings by local artist Linda Carole Werthwein. 

Werthwein's collection of large, oil paintings is titled WAVES and expresses the movement and dynamics of the sea. From one painting to the next, he viewer is immersed in the ebb and flow of ocean tides. You can get more information about the artist by visiting the artist's website

The Aquarium regularly exhibits unique art, and shows change quarterly.  "WAVES" will be on display until the end of September and is free with admission or membership. 

Click Here to Visit the Artist's Website

27th Annual Surf Fishing Workshop Weekend

Registration ends Oct. 10 (event set for Oct. 13-15)

This hands-on workshop weekend is designed for novice fishermen, but it's a great refresher course for all skill levels. Instruction covers rods, reels, weights, line, tackle, knots, bait, fish identification, catch and release, cast netting, reading the surf, locating fish from the beach and caring for your catch. The weekend culminates with a fishing expedition to Cape Lookout National Seashore. Ages 12 and up. $150 for non-members and $135 for members. Must cancel 7 days prior to program to receive a refund.

Register Here

Beach Clean up and Turtle Lecture

October 17 (9am-2pm)

Join Aquarium Staff and NC Sea Turtle Research Scientists for a trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore on Oct. 17 from 9am-2pm.  Learn about nesting behavior along the North Carolina Coast and participate in a beach cleanup that will directly benefit sea turtles in the wild.

Participants should bring their own lunch and water. Guests should plan to take a short boat ride over to Cape Lookout National Seashore and hike across the island in sandy conditions.  Participants will meet at the Cape Lookout Visitors Center on Harker’s Island at 8:45am. Beach clean-up gear will be provided. Registration is required. Register online at or call 252-247-4003 extension 257.

Event is $25 and is geared toward highschool and up.

Register Here

Preschool Pumpkin Patch

Wednesday Oct. 25 (9 a.m.-noon)

Join us for a Halloween event specially made for youngsters. Enjoy games, stories, crafts, costumed characters, and photo ops. Tickets are $3 per person in addition to daily admission or membership. No advance tickets. Event is geared toward ages 5 and under. Costumes encouraged!








Trick-or-treat under the Sea

Thursday Oct. 26 and Friday Oct. 27

The annual Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea event brings a splash of Halloween fun to the Aquarium. Trick-or-treat at booths provided by local businesses and organizations, while checking out specially decorated exhibits. Look for great photo opportunities and a chance to show off costumes. Underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, otters playing with jack o’ lanterns and other Halloween hi-jinks promise amusement for all. Explore the Haunted Marsh Walk if you dare! Tickets are sold at the door the night of each event for that event. Tickets are sold from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 (plus tax) per person. Members receive a 10 percent discount. Ages 2 and under are admitted free of charge.








Free Admission Day

Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2017

Free admission for all! The Aquarium offers a chance to celebrate this day with free admision for everyone. There will also be an on-site food drive for Martha's Mission Cupboard. Bring your contribution of non-perishable edibles to the Aquarium as you enter. Participation in the food drive is not required to enter during free admission day. 








PLastic Ocean Project Art Exhibit

artwork by Bonnie Monteleone

Learn how you can turn the tide on trash and be part of the conservation effort! That's the Aquarium’s theme for summer 2017 – inspired by the need to reduce single-use plastics, and the Aquarium’s in-house conservation efforts to help save local and endangered animals.

To emphasize the need for more conservation projects and to show how your help makes a difference, in the entrance lobby there is a large art display open to the public throughout the summer.

The art exhibit, provided by Plastic Ocean Project, features a large marlin sculpture and wall art crafted out of plastic pieces collected by artist Bonnie Monteleone from the five major ocean gyres. The images serve as a visually expressive conclusion of three years of research on plastics in the marine environment for Monteleone's UNCW master's thesis - Plastic Ocean Project. 

Holiday Hours

Closed Thanksgiving DaY and Christmas Day

The Aquarium will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, and Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
We will be open Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, from 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
We will be open New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, and New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2017, from 9 a.m.-5p.m.

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