Calendar of Events

See What’s New for more on these events. Also see daily programs free with admission, and tours and adventures available for additional fees.

June 11-Aug. 6
Way-Back Wednesdays
Take a peek into the prehistoric past. A 10 a.m. stingray feeding and other activities highlight creatures that have changed little over the ages.

July 27 – Aug. 2
Shark Week
Seven days of toothy times reveal more about the mysterious and often misunderstood world of sharks. Enjoy shark-themed programs, activities, crafts and displays.

Aug. 5
(5-8 p.m.) National Night Out
The Aquarium and the Pine Knoll Shores police department team up for this local edition of the crime-prevention initiative, National Night Out. Kids ages 12 and under get into the Aquarium free of charge during the Aquarium’s extended hours, 5-8 p.m. Outside in the upper parking lot, enjoy free pizza and sodas, bouncy houses and displays and activities by local safety agencies. Celebrities on hand include McGruff the Crime Dog, Sparky the Fire Dog and the Aquarium’s toothy shark mascot, Friendly Finley.

Sea Turtle Celebration
Aug. 12
Activities, exhibits and programs focus on sea turtles and how beachgoers can help hatchlings make it to the sea. The event includes a salute to Nimbus, the Aquarium’s rare white loggerhead, who turns four in August.

Vulture Awareness Day
Sept. 6
Celebrate the virtues of vultures during this world-wide salute to the good work these birds do, and the threats they face.


  Holiday and special hours

The Aquarium is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including all holidays except closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days, and early closings two days in late October for evening Halloween events.