Programs & Activities

The Aquarium offers a wide variety of programs and activities throughout the year.

Daily Programs at the Aquarium

Free with admission:

  • Animal Feedings
  • Live Dives
  • Talks & Lectures
  • Films & videos
  • Animal Encounters
  • Aquatic-themed Games

Special Activities

These educator-led programs require a small fee and include before and after-hour activities, as well as indoor and outdoor excursions.  To schedule a private program for your group, please click on items listed below.


Children discover these fun Day Camps at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island are action-packed! Activities may include field trips, crafts, behind the scenes tours, live animal encounters and feeding programs. Space is limited and camps fill quickly!

Indoor Programs

  • Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Aqua Tales for Tots
  • Breakfast with the Rays
  • Snack with the Sharks
  • Happy Otter Hour
  • Seafood Series
  • Craft Programs: Gyotaku, Nautical Wreaths, Build a Basket
Outdoor Programs

  • Wetlands Walk Exploration
  • Surf Fishing for Beginners
  • Catch a Crab
  • Night Hikes through Nags Head Woods
  • Nocturnal Beach Creatures

Aquarium Shark Dive

If you’re an open-water certified diver, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island invites you to “dive with the sharks!” Get up-close and personal with sand tiger, sandbar and nurse sharks in our 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit!
Birthday Parties
Want your child to have the most memorable party?  Schedule your celebration at the Aquarium! Live animals are guaranteed to add excitement to your special day.
Sleeping with the Sharks
Imagine a slumber party at the Aquarium in front of the 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit, as sharks and other fishes swim close by!
Marine Labs and Dissections
Students become detectives and investigate a variety of animals up-close and personal!
Scout Programs
Boy and Girl Scouts earn merit badges through the Aquarium’s scout programs. For more information call 252-473-3494, ext. 246.