Explore. Discover. Enjoy. NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

The "Waters of the Outer Banks" are waiting to be discovered. Witness our conservation efforts in the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center, open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. See an alligator, touch the stingrays, wonder at the playful river otters and marvel at sharks. 

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 

Advance tickets and reservations are required.

Explore the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Outdoor Programs

Enjoy the Outer Banks environment in a whole new way!

Indoor Programs

Dive deeper with special behind-the-scenes programs!

Join the Aquarium Team!

Find current employment opportunities!

Ways to Give


You can help support exciting new exhibits, fun educational experiences and valuable conservation programs by joining the North Carolina Aquariums. Members receive a host of valuable benefits like free admission, but also take pride in supporting the Aquariums and their mission.

Adopt an Animal

Help our animals through the Aquariums’ Adopt-an-Animal program! Select from five of our most popular residents, and choose the level of support you wish to provide. Your tax-deductible contribution will help the Aquariums feed and care for selected animals for one full year.

Sea Turtle STARs

Join the North Carolina Aquarium Society in supporting the Aquariums through our new initiative, Sea Turtle STARs. Your tax-deductible contribution of $350, $500, or $1,000 will directly support sea turtle conservation and the STAR Center at the NC Aquarium Roanoke Island.