North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
PO Box 967
Airport Road
Manteo, NC 27954

FAX: 252.473.1980

About the Site

The North Carolina Aquariums were established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina's ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments. The Roanoke Island facility is one of three North Carolina aquariums on the coast.

Over 1 million people visit the NC Aquariums each year, and there’s much to see and do. The Aquarium includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, auditorium, classrooms, meeting rooms, and a gift shop. In addition, there are daily programs featuring live animals, marine life videos and special activities.


Most visitors can tour the aquarium in about two hours. However, if you plan to participate in aquarium programs, search for relics in the Fossil Hunt, or visit the gift shop, allow more time. All entrances, exits, restrooms and exhibits are wheelchair accessible.

The Aquarium offers a wide variety of free programs and activities year-round. Daily programs include marine life videos, live animal programs, audience participation games, demonstrations and more. Live animal programs in the Aquarium auditorium may feature alligators, sea turtles or snakes. Fish in selected tanks are fed daily.

    Hours of Operation: Daily, 9 AM - 5 PM
    Admission Fees: $7 adults; $6 seniors and active military; $5 children (6-18)
    Discounts: Students, groups, military, AARP.

About the Facilities
  • Visitor center
  • Gift shop
  • Picnic facilities
  • Free parking
  • Audio/visual presentation
  • Recreational trails
  • Public restrooms
  • Motorcoach parking
  • Exhibits
  • Handicap Accessibility: Site is fully accessible.

    Nearest Major Town/City: Manteo

    For Visitor Information:

      Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
      One Visitors Center Circle
      Manteo, NC 27954
      Toll-Free: (800) 446-6262
      Fax: (252) 473-5777

    About the Programs

    Major Program Areas: Maritime, Ecology/Environmental Education

    Education Resources:
  • Guided tours
  • On-site interpretive activities
  • Staff interpreters
  • Museum gallery tours
  • Self-guided exhibits
  • Hands-on activities
  • Off-site/outreach activities
  • Computer interactives
  • Classroom resources (workbooks, A/V, etc.)
  • Materials via web site
  • School Tour Requirements:
    • No maximum group size limits
    • Reservations required
    • 15% discount. Registered NC school groups free.
    • 1 - 1.5 hour tour
    • One chaperone for every ten students
    • Curriculum-based tours, pre-K - 12.