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Historic Albemarle Tours - North Carolina Aquarium

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island part of the Historic Albemarle TourNorth Carolina Aquarium on
Roanoke Island

PO Box 967
374 Airport Road Manteo, NC 27954
TF: 800-832-3474 ext.4
Main: 252-475-2300
FAX: 252-473-1980

Website: NC

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About North Carolina Aquariumsion: Inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments

On a beautiful site overlooking the Croatan Sound, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of three state-operated aquariums on the North Carolina coast. The Aquarium on Roanoke Island features the 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic saltwater tank exhibit, interactive exhibits, two touch tanks, a theater and Sea Turtle Rescue,” where children become pretend “veterinarians” as they diagnose and treat a toy sea turtle! See our newest exhibit, the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center (STAR), opening summer of 2014.

Explore the NC Aquarium saltwater habitats from grass flats to Gulf Stream waters. Explore saltwater habitats from grass flats to Gulf Stream waters. Gently stroke a stingray or a hermit crab at the touch tanks. Watch hundreds of fishes flash by the 35-foot long viewing window of the 285,000-gallon “Graveyard of the Atlantic” tank. Sharks and other fishes cruise by only inches away. History buffs will marvel at the one-third-scale replica of the USS Monitor.  See Oceans Revealed: Power of the Planet, and learn how the earth affects our lives with real time imagery on a 6’ sphere.

Learn about sea turtles and the efforts of the Aquarium and Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) to save these animals from the perils of man and nature in Sea Turtle Rescue. This exhibit features interactive educational technology, live sea turtle in a 10,000-gallon tank along with other fishes found in the “Waters of the Outer Banks!"

Be sure to visit the N.C. Aquariums' newest Outer Banks attraction, Jennette's Pier at Nags Head. You'll find information about it in our Nags Head Attractions section or by visiting

Join the N.C. Aquarium Society…and enjoy unlimited FREE admission!

About the Facilities

The North Carolina Aquarium Shark Tank on Roanoke Island
  • Gift shop

  • Picnic facilities

  • Free parking

  • Nature trails 

  • Public restrooms

  • Motor coach parking

  • Exhibits

  • Live Animals 

Handicap Accessibility: Site is fully accessible.
Nearest Major Town/City: Manteo, N.C. 

About the Programs

Explore the NC Aquarium saltwater habitats from grass flats to Gulf Stream waters. Major Program Areas: Maritime, Ecology/Environmental Education

Education Resources:

  • On-site interpretive activities

  • Self-guided exhibits

  • Hands-on activities

  • Off-site/outreach activities 

  • Computer interactive exhibits

  • Classroom resources

  • Materials via web site

School Tour Requirements:

  • No maximum group size limits

  • Group reservations required

  • Registered NC school groups free

  • 1 - 1.5 hour tour

  • Curriculum-based tours, pre-K-12

Call for information about our Fee Programs featured daily for the entire family to enjoy!
Contact: Wendie Paramore, Librarian and Registrar
Phone Contact:  252-475-2314 


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ADDRESS l Asa Biggs House 100 E. Church St. Williamston, NC 27892 l Phone: 1-800-734-1117
HOURS OF OPERATION l Tuesdays: 8am-12pm Thursdays & Fridays: 8am-4pm

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