Photo: Todd Dini

Shark Tank at the NC Aquarium
Feel the spray of a mountain waterfall. Watch river otters play. Touch a stingray. Look a shark in the eye. Explore shipwrecks — without getting wet. See a rare white sea turtle. Thousands of aquatic animals take you on a journey from the state’s grand peaks to the open Atlantic, much as a raindrop makes its way to the ocean. See Plan Your Visit for more on these activities and other family fun at one of the coast’s most popular attractions. 
A visit to the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores is a must for all families when visiting the Crystal Coast, the kids will see sea life up close like sharks, otters, amberjack's, sea turtles, snakes and Nimbus a rare white loggerhead turtle .​

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.

The Aquarium Society was recently ranked the top zoo and aquarium non-profit in the nation and awarded Four Stars for sound fiscal management by the online nonprofit watch group Charity Navigator. The Aquarium Society provides over $2 million in annual support to the Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island, and Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. 
Children and teachers/staff in registered North Carolina school groups are admitted at no charge at the time of the visit to the North Carolina Aquarium if registered in advance.  Advance registration is required for free admission. Register early – the Aquarium is a popular destination and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The admission fee for registered parent chaperones is $6 per person.

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.

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.
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NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores
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Nimbus the albino Sea Turtle