16. Visit the Fishes & Friends at the NC Aquarium

IMG_0417The North Carolina Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks. Yes, it’s perfect for a rainy day, but you will also appreciate the cool, quiet environment when you’ve had enough of the sun. Explore the “Waters of the Outer Banks” through aquariums and interactive exhibits. Watch fishes in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” exhibit. This 285,000 aquarium also features a one-third scale replica of the civil war ironclad USS Monitor. Explore aquatic habitats from grass flats to Gulf Stream waters. Gently stroke a stingray or touch a hermit crab in their “Close Encounters” Gallery. See daily dive shows, alligators, otters, turtles, and the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center.

Outside you’ll enjoy some of the best views on the island as you stroll down their Soundside Pier and learn about the area’s history and environment. Dive with sharks in their Aquarium Shark Dive program — open to certified divers only. Make your family’s island experience truly “fin-tastic” by participating in one of their special activities or programs, where fun and learning meet! Pre-registration is required.

The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For information more information on the aquarium, renting the Aquarium for special events such as weddings or receptions, purchasing tickets and registering for programs online, visit www.ncaquariums.com.

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a Member Site of the Historic Albemarle Tour.


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