My son and I share a deep and profound love for aquariums, so I knew there was no way we were leaving Wilmington, North Carolina without visiting the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach. Kure Beach is definitely an extraordinary destination that deserves a visit in itself, but we only had time for the aquarium before returning home.
You are guaranteed to make unforgettable connections with the natural world at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It features a 235,000 gallon saltwater tank and a 20,000 square-foot conservatory where you can feel the smooth skin of a gliding stingray, climb along Adventure Reef, talk with a diver swimming the depths with eels and sharks, look an albino alligator in the eye, and wonder at baby sea turtles. You can also explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures, and kid friendly camps. See for yourself why visitors vote the aquarium a top regional and national attraction each year!
There is also a really cool outdoor playground that is perfect for younger children. It is next to the aquarium’s restaurant, so your kids can play while you relax and dine.
On the way out of the aquarium, you pass through a beautiful, tropical conservatory that reminds you that you are traveling in the south.
This was the perfect way to end the perfect spring break with our son!
I can’t believe how big he’s getting! I love taking my girls out to explore… It makes the world new again, doesn’t it? (Speaking of aquariums, we were in a little Asian market local to our neighborhood, and they have a fish tank over in the deli seating area. Lucie LOVED it! I could barely pull her away. Time to take her to a real aquarium…)
This is a fantastic post!
The images are beautiful and it’s amazing to see your experience in North Carolina.
It felt like I was almost there.
Thanks for sharing this article.
What a lovely comment, thank you from the bottom of my heart!