the exterior of aquarium at pine knoll shores


How To Plan the Best Visit

We hope this information will help you plan the best trip to N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Check out these tabs and browse our website to find free daily programs, behind the scenes tours, and special events that may be happening during your visit. Check out the other information on the website to help plan your visit or event. 

Things To Know

Check out our list of things to know to get the insider scoop before your visit.


Find out what events, tours, and free programs we offer. Take a look at our Exhibits and Habitats before your visit.


Getting your tickets online in advance allows for a better experience. Choose the time and day of your arrival.

Aquarium fast facts

  • The Aquarium has four main galleries that take visitors through the Mountains to the Ocean of NC.
  • Inside the aquarium, at the start of your tour is a 32-foot smoky mountain waterfall. 
  • There are over 430,000 total gallons of saltwater and freshwater combined in displays.
  • The Aquarium is 93,000 square feet.
  • The largest habitat holds 306,000 gallons of saltwater.
  • There are two hiking trails at the aquarium, The Theodore Roosevelt Nature Area trail and the Alice Hoffman Nature Trail.
A view of the marsh behind the aquarium a blue sky with clouds and a marshy green grass in the foreground.