Kure Beach, NC – The North Carolina Department of Cultural and Natural Resources operates four Aquariums on North Carolina’s Atlantic Coast. Two of them are in the areas I visited on my road trip and one of them, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, is just down the road from Fort Fisher, one of the historic sites that I visited. The other one I visited, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, is in Pine Knoll Shores near Port Morehead and Beaufort, NC.
As you walk up to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, you’re greeted by a beautiful sculpture of Spadefish. I don’t know if it’s a feature at four of the North Carolina Aquariums, but there is a similar one at the Pine Knoll Shores location as well. Right now, you have to walk around the side of the Aquarium and use a side entrance instead of using the main entrance because its Conservatory is closed for repairs and the construction of a new Otter exhibit. Since part of the facility is closed, they’re reduced tickets from $12.95 to $9.95. The aquarium highlights aquatic, amphibian, and reptilian life that can be seen throughout the State of North Carolina, from the coast to the mountains.
Even with part of the aquarium closed, it was a wonderful experience. It’s not a large aquarium, perhaps a bit smaller than the Charleston Aquarium, but even at the full ticket price of $12.95 it’s a bargain. It’s great for any age group, from children to adults. I’m really glad I made it part of my vacation plans; if you’re planning a trip to the area, I’d highly recommend adding it to your list of places to visit.