Take an Epic Day Trip to NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Take an Epic Day Trip to NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher | Sunset Vacations

Discover the perfect off-beach adventure at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Just a scenic drive from Sunset Beach, this aquarium offers an immersive experience of the aquatic world that is both fun and educational. From the mesmerizing two-story ocean exhibit to the playful Asian otters, there's something to spark curiosity in visitors of all ages.

Ideal for an alternative day out, the journey to the aquarium can be as memorable as the visit itself, especially if you choose the scenic route via ferry. And if you’re looking for the perfect accommodations, find your ideal vacation rental close to this captivating attraction at Sunset Vacations.

Featured Exhibits and Activities

At the heart of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, visitors are welcomed into a world where the wonders of aquatic environments come to life. The aquarium's exhibits stretch from the delicate ecosystems of salt marshes and tidal pools to the vastness of the open ocean, home to sharks, rays, and eels.

The two-story ocean exhibit stands out, offering an unparalleled view of marine life in motion. Not to be missed is the family of Asian otters, whose playful antics are a delight for all ages. The aquarium showcases marine species from the local to the exotic with indoor and outdoor exhibits. Interactive touch tanks and educational programs deepen the engagement, making every visit a learning opportunity.

Educational and Fun 

Beyond its exhibits, it is a hub for education and conservation. It hosts various special events, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. These activities are designed to inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation of aquatic life and ecosystems. Visit their website for current event information, including schedules and registration details.

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Admission and Tickets

The admission prices for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher are as follows:

  • Adults (Ages 13-61): $12.95
  • Seniors and Military: $11.95
  • Children: $10.95
  • Infants and up to two years old: FREE

The aquarium requires online reservations in advance, so get your tickets before heading there!

How to Get There

Located at 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC, the aquarium is accessible from Sunset Beach by car in about 1.5 to 2 hours, traffic permitting. Consider incorporating a ferry ride by driving to Southport, NC, and boarding the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry for a memorable twist to your trip. This scenic route across the Cape Fear River adds a sense of adventure to your journey, offering stunning views and a refreshing break from the usual drive. To plan your trip seamlessly, visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation site for ferry schedules and fees.

Grab a Bite to Eat Nearby

If you want a great place to grab lunch or dinner, the area offers a variety of restaurants catering to different tastes. Here are a few favorites in the Kure Beach and Carolina Beach areas.

  • Jack Mackerel's Island Grill: Offers a mix of seafood, steaks, and burgers with island flair in a casual atmosphere.
  • SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar: Combines a laid-back tiki bar vibe with live music and a seafood and pub fare menu.
  • Hang Ten Grill: A family-friendly spot known for its American cuisine, especially burgers and various comfort foods.
  • Ocean Grill: Boasts a scenic oceanfront view with a historic pier, serving fresh seafood and American classics.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a fantastic day trip opportunity for families looking to add a mix of fun and education to their beach vacation. With its rich array of exhibits, educational programs, and the unique option to travel via ferry, it promises a day full of discovery and adventure.

As you plan your visit, remember that Sunset Vacations offers a selection of vacation rentals perfect for beach getaways with your loved ones. We offer stylish beach houses with fully equipped kitchens packed with amenities and some of the most gorgeous views on the East Coast. For your next vacation, consider this enriching experience just a short trip away from your beachside retreat. Explore our vacation rentals and specials and book your stay at Sunset Vacations.

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