The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island presents the aquatic environments of coastal Carolina through its theme "Water of The Outer Banks." The aquarium's variety of exhibits promises to educate and entertain visitors. Journey through coastal freshwaters to see river otters, turtles, and American alligators. Explore saltwater habitats from grass flats to Gulf Stream waters. Gently stroke a stingray or touch a hermit crab at the touch tanks. Watch as fish and sharks cruise by the 35-foot long viewing window of the 285,000-gallon "Graveyard of the Atlantic" tank. History buffs will marvel at the one-third scale replica of the USS Monitor.
Step into "Storms" to get an inside, personal look at Outer Banks hurricanes and nor'easters. Visit "Aquarium Confidential" the new exhibit that captures the behind the scenes life at the aquarium. Member Site of Historic Albemarle Tour, www.historicalbemarletour.com
Location Just off of Hwy. 64/264, Airport Road on the north end of Roanoke Island.
Hours Open daily year-round, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day.
Admission Adults: $8 Seniors: $7 Children: Ages 6-17: $6 5 and under: FREE North Carolina Aquarium Society members: FREE North Carolina school groups that register in advance: FREE
Services Special programs daily.
Facilities Gift shop, restrooms, waterfront picnic area, food service (summer only), parking.