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. 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. Plan your visit now!
The Aquarium, exhibits, restrooms, marsh boardwalk and marsh overlooks are accessible to wheelchairs. See Getting Around in Helpful Hints for more on wheelchairs for loan, service animals and other accessibility questions.
We LOVE this aqurium! The staff is so friendly, and the place is amazingly clean! On wed during the "off" season, they have toddler time which my 2.5 year old really enjoys. The staff that does toddler time is so warm and welcoming, a great touch to a day looking under seas! They also have some little walking trails in the back, and some docks you can go out on and look at the mucky water. During the summer you can see lots of diff birds and a lot of little crabs. FIVE stars for all ages!
This is a fantastic aquarium for such a small town. It's great for vacationers and year-round residents alike. Our favorite thing is the huge tank near the end of the tour. We could sit and watch the fish for hours- it even kept my toddler's attention, which isn't an easy feat! If you're a local, a membership is well worth the price, especially in winter when it's too cold for the beach. It can get very crowded in the summer, with the parking lot overflowing to the side streets.
We traveled to North Carolina in April and while the weather was a bit cool & rainy for extensive beach fun, the aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores was a great hit!
The admission price was reasonable and the exhibits were all laid out in a relaxed and fun atmosphere for children and adults alike. Our little ones favorite was the ship wreck as the divers were in the tank at the time making for an added interest to her.
We have visted this aquarium multiple times and have always had fun. They have it set up so you start with the local fish and make your way down to the sharks (mountains to the ocean). I would try and plan your visit around one of the shark tank dives, theses are always fun to watch!
There are 3 NC aquariums, one of which is at pine knoll shores. In recent years they remolded and enlarged the size of the aquarium and while i enjoy going, i do think its a bit pricey for what you see. Enjoy the fish, the sea turtles, the shark tank and just enjoying everything it has to offer. One of the new upgrades to this aquarium is the waterfall as you walk into the aquarium. it seems to be a favorite among kids. Also a favorite among kids is the two touch tanks where you can roll up your sleeves and touch various sea creatures including but not limited to sting rays and horse shoe crabs. The Aquarium also offers various educational activities that are always worth looking into as well as taking part in.
We visit this aquarium every summer!!! We always stay in the nearby area for summer vacation and a visit to the aquarium is mandatory. I like the touching tanks where you can have a hands on experience with skates, sting rays, and various other sea creatures. They also have craft sessions for the kids which the enjoy. The staff is also very friendly. The kids really enjoy the shipwreck exhibit!
This aquarium makes for a fun few hours! They have so much to look at-my daughter loves it! There are lots of neat photo opps and there is even a hands on area! There is lots to learn here, but it is open enough that your little one can explore at his/her own pace! GREAT GIFT SHOP! :-)
We visited with 2 three year olds and a one year old and really enjoyed all the marine life - especially the hands-on exhibits where you could touch sting rays and hermit crabs/snails. We also went to the bird show and enjoyed that as well. The only down side is that it's fairly expensive - but great for a rainy day at the beach!
At the aquarium you’ll dive deep into a sea of exhibits,
programs, and a live, hands-on display. This aquarium
features live loggerhead turtles, colorful fish tanks, and an open tank where the kids can pick up crabs and other sea creatures. It’s okay—they won’t hurt you.
The aquarium also sponsors presentations on-site and at various locations throughout the area. In the Living Shipwreck exhibit divers answer questions. Visitors get a chance to meet ocean creatures, alligators, and others face to face. Outside, the aquarium has two nature trails, a marsh overlook where you can bird watch, a fossil hunt, a beautiful bronze sculpture, and a reflecting pool.
This is a terrific aquarium. Among other things that set it apart is the narrative organization of mountains to the sea. From big and small exhibits, the path through the aquarium moves logically from freshwater to tidal to ocean exhibits. There is even one exhibit showing the fish and wildlife that live in roadside ditches.It also does a remarkable job at explaining what are the implications of pollution and development without being alarmist or preachy. The deepwater ocean exhibit is incredible. I also liked the outdoor walks along the soundside marsh. This is a fantastic place!
The aquarium is a great place to go and just get out! Lots to do.. so much to see! They have a fantastic touch tank with very friendly staff. They work great with smaller children as well as older ones. We love their membership program and have had it every year for 3 years now!
This aquarium lets visitors of all ages explore NC from the coast to the mountains. Learn, and see, the many aquatic animals living in NC. The touch and learn area is a big hit with our family. Hold sea urchins, and an assortment of crabs, and learn about their natural habitats and diets.
The admission cost is very affordable.
I have visited the aquarium at PKS since 1986. Since that time it has grown phenomonally. This is a place that both children and adults can truly enjoy. There are exhibits to represent the entire state and children will love the large "touch tank" where they can gently touch the animals (feeding times are the best...check with the museum for specifics). Since the area is a tourist area, during summer there are larger crowds, however, there are also more programs offered than during the off-seasons. There are also outdoor nature trails and boardwalks to view the wildlife in Bogue Sound. If you stick to the indoor exhibits, you can make it through in an hour or two; the outdoor exhibits can double that time depending on your group. The staff is helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. If you are visiting the area, I believe the aquarium is a must-see.
It takes about an hour to get through the aquarium. It's nice and there's lots for kids to do. They can pet the sting rays, touch crab shells, see a shark in the shipwreck aquarium and check out snakes in the snake hut. The gift shop isn't too overpriced, but it ain't cheap either.
This aquarium starts off with an exhibit called from the Mountains to the Sea complete with a waterfall and river otters! You can hike a path and boardwalk to the sound and see osprey, eagles and crabs. There are excellent education programs offered. We saw one on native snakes.