The North Carolina Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks, and it got a fantastic renovation that was completed in early 2016. 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. 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. Admission is $10.95 for ages 13 to 61; $9.95 for ages 62 and older; $9.95 for members of the military; $8.95 for children ages 3 to 12; and free for children 2 and younger, pre-registered North Carolina school groups and North Carolina Aquarium Society members. For information on renting the Aquarium for special Outer Banks activities such as weddings or receptions, purchasing tickets and registering for programs online, give them a call. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a Member Site of the Historic Albemarle Tour.
374 Airport Road, Manteo
(800) 832-3474 x4