If you find yourself pondering the wonders of the ocean and what lies beneath the waves of the Atlantic, then you should spend a day at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island! Familiarize yourself with various species of sea creatures from moray eels and sea turtles to stingrays and sharks. Admire vibrant schools as they swim around their coral reef environment. It’s the perfect place to spend a rainy day during your vacation on the Outer Banks. The kids love the interactive exhibits and petting tanks. You won’t regret adding a visit to the aquarium to your OBX itinerary. You can find more suggestions for things to see and do during your stay in our complimentary Vacation Guide!
All About the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Give yourself approximately two hours to navigate your way through the Aquarium and all the amazing exhibits it has to offer. Wind your way through seascapes. Then, continue your tour of wetland environments, river habitats, and more! You’ll encounter an array of aquatic and semi-aquatic species. Maybe you’d like to become more familiar with the amphibians, snakes, and alligators that make their home in the Albemarle. Perhaps you enjoy the ethereal appearance of translucent sea jellies as they bounce around their tanks. Some of the exhibits you may encounter during your visit include:
- Seven Rivers
- Wild Wetlands
- Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation
- Sea Treasures
- Delicate Drifters
- Sea Sense
- Ironclad Sanctuary
- Graveyard of the Atlantic
- Soundside Pier
For an extra special experience, reserve a behind-the-scenes tour! During this tour, visitors can see the exhibits and what the staff does to maintain everything. You’ll also have access to areas of the aquarium that are usually reserved for staff-only.
Take your experience even further and enjoy the great outdoors. Register ahead of time for an outdoor excursion offered by the staff at the Aquarium! Some of the seasonal outdoor activities include:
- What’s the Catch? Fishing lessons at the Soundside Pier.
- Stand-Up Paddleboarding 101
- Paddling Around Roanoke Island Kayaking
- Let’s Go Crabbing at the Soundside Pier
Swim with Sharks
Thrill seekers with their Open Water Scuba Diver certification can dive with the sharks at the aquarium! During the dive, you’ll encounter sand tiger, nurse, and sandbar sharks. You’ll also see other reef fish that make their home in the 285,000-gallon habitat. It’s an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life!
Know Before You Go
9 am- 5 pm daily (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Ages 2 and younger: Free
Have the Vacation of a Lifetime and Stay in a Paramount Destinations Vacation Home
When you come to the Outer Banks, be sure to stay near all the best beaches and attractions like the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Our vacation rentals in Corolla are conveniently located near excellent restaurants and exciting things to do! Our Cat Nap Cottage, located in the esteemed Currituck Club, boasts stunning ocean views and easy access to the Currituck Club Golf Course! After one stay in this property, you’ll never want to leave! What are you waiting for? The ocean is beckoning!