Rent the Aquarium

Celebrate by the Sea!

Host your event at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Whether business-based, a social gathering or a wedding, you and your guests will find the atmosphere relaxing and memorable as you venture through our North Carolina aquatic environments.

The Aquarium is available for rental during business hours for private meetings of 130 or fewer, and for evening functions for up to 1,500. Please use this website to view photos and learn more about what our facility has to offer.

“I do!”
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a unique wedding venue with incomparable backdrops for your ceremony, your rehearsal, your reception or all three! The Aquarium can even help with an unforgettable, surprise proposal.

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Are you ready to take the plunge?
Pop the question at the Aquarium!

Let the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores help create a magical memory to mark the beginning of the rest of your lives together. Choose an unforgettable setting for the big moment. Propose in front of  sea horses, river otters or the romantic backdrop of schooling fishes, giant sharks and sea turtles in the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck. The Aquarium’s experienced event coordinators assist with all details of your special surprise, including a keepsake proposal sign and a professional photo of the occasion. Contact an event coordinator today to make your dream proposal come true. Packages start at $75.

Contact the Special Events Coordinators

Becky Davis 252-247-4003, ext. 291

Kerri Sommer 252-247-4003, ext. 260

Members of:

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Association of Bridal Consultants
Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC)
International Special Events Society (ISES)

Best of Weddings on The KnotAwards and Honors

The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 Pick: The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores has been rated by local brides and voted The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 Pick. The Knot is a “by brides, for brides” planning network.

Outrageous Customer Service: Special Events Coordinator Becky Davis was honored with the 2011 Outrageous Customer Service award from the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. A bride’s mother, pleased with the Aquarium’s handling of her daughter’s wedding, made the nomination for the prestigious award. She also was singled out for Outrageous Customer Service in 2010!

Rental Guide & Additional Information

Download the Rental Guide  or view online forpricing, policies, procedures and documents.
Download Additional Rental Information or view online  available equipment and additional programs.

Floor Plan

Download  or view online color-coded map of the Aquarium or to assist with your planning.

Programs to enhance your event

Add inspiring and educational programs  to your event, including dive shows in the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck, live animal presentations and access to the Aquarium’s two touch pools.


“The best part was I could relax and enjoy the night…”

–Mother of the groom

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