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.


Saturday, March 7
Forest Fairies to Sea Serpents

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free with admission or membership.

Imagination meets education in an enchanted day for all at the Aquarium. Build fairy and gnome houses on the nature trail, search for mermaid and fairy doors around the Aquarium and make your own magic wand. Be among the first to play in the new TREE-mendous Nature Play Area, which opens the same day. Add to the fun and come dressed as a fairy, gnome, sea serpent or other mythical character. Kids ages 12 and under in costume get in free.

Monday, March 16
Sea Turtle Camp
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Registration and fees required
CANCELLED – Weather make-up day for many schools

Campers enjoy hands-on opportunities to work with the Aquarium’s sea turtle rescue team on caring for weak baby sea turtles that hatched along the coast last summer and fall, and also for cold-stunned sea turtles that strand in winter. $40. Advance registration and payment are required, and space is limited.

Saturday, March 21
Get Hooked Fishing School
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration and fees required

Tune up your fishing skills and learn some new ones in time with the annual Get Hooked Fishing School. The action-packed event features in-depth presentations by experienced anglers and includes catered lunch, giveaways and drawings for gear in addition to attendance at up to five sessions. All sessions are at the Aquarium. Advance registration is required and space is limited. $60 per person; $54 for members.

Saturday, March 28
Otter Birthday Bash
9 a.m – 5 p.m.
Free with admission or membership

Put on your party hats for the annual otter birthday celebration. The merriment centers around three favorite residents at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores – river otters Neuse, Pungo and Eno. Participate in fun otter-oriented crafts and activities, and watch the trio enjoy gifts and cakes. The annual celebration spotlights the Aquarium’s otters, and also the conservation success stories of their species.