Outdoor Adventure Programs

Plan ahead –advance registration is required.  Call 252-247-4003, ext. 257 to register and to confirm availability. All programs require closed-toe shoes — view complete registration guidelines.

*Programs begin in June

Monday

River Cruise*

Call for times Keep a sharp eye out for birds, bottlenose dolphins and other marine life during this enjoyable, calm-water cruise. Ages 6 and up. $25

Surfing*

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn to catch some waves in the North Carolina surf with the Aquarium’s surfboards and expert instructions. Ages 10 and up. $25

Sound Seafood: Catching Crabs and Clams*

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Learn the art of harvesting crabs and clams, and the importance of conserving coastal habitats. Ages 5 and up. $20

Tuesday

Onboard Collection Cruise

Call for times All aboard for a trawl and dredge excursion in coastal waters to see what comes up in our nets. Ages 6 and up. $25

Fishing Fanatics

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn to catch the big ones from the surf with hands-on instruction. Equipment, bait and licensing requirements are covered. Ages 10 and up. $20

Wednesday

Snorkeling for Kids – Bogue Sound*

Call for times Kids learn what lies beneath the surface of Bogue Sound as they snorkel with an Aquarium naturalist. Gear provided. Ages 5 and up. $20

Surfing*

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn to catch some waves in the famed North Carolina surf with the Aquarium’s surfboards and expert instructions. Ages 10 and up. $25

Night Trek*

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Stroll the nighttime beach as you learn about the fascinating life of sea turtles, and look for loggerheads nesting in the sand. Ages 5 and up. $8

Thursday

Onboard Collection Cruise*

Call for times All aboard for a trawl and dredge excursion in coastal waters, and see what comes up in our nets. Ages 6 and up. $25

Picnic Paddle – Canoe the Roosevelt Natural Area

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy a leisurely canoe trek to explore the mysteries of the salt marsh. Ages 6 and up; paddlers 12 and up. $20

Friday

Cape Lookout Exploration*

Call for times Meet Aquarium staff at the ferry dock for a boat trip over to the Cape! As you explore this undeveloped island and its flora and fauna, you also will learn about the unique culture of our coast. Don’t forget a picnic lunch. Ages 8 and up.  $25

Snorkeling the Sea – Radio Island*

Call for times Glimpse the mysteries below the surface with a snorkeling trip to Radio Island, led by an Aquarium naturalist. Gear provided. Ages 10 and up. $25

Saturday

Kayaking the Roosevelt Natural Area

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Explore tidal flats and quiet backwaters as you become aware of the intricate web of life thriving in this pristine natural environment. The Aquarium provides the kayaks. Ages 12 and up. $20

Sunday

Barrier Island Exploration

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Trek the maritime forest, the salt marsh and the shallow waters of Bogue Sound to learn about the fascinating creatures that live in these vital habitats. Ages 8 and up. $10

Night Trek*

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Stroll the nighttime beach as you explore the fascinating life of sea turtles, and look for loggerheads nesting in the sand. Ages 5 and up. $8

All Special Activities can be modified to fit your small-group needs. Please contact the Aquarium Registrar at (252) 247-4003 ext. 257 for more information on availability!