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.