North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
PO Box 967
374 Airport Road
Manteo, NC 27954
P: (252) 475-2300
F: (252) 473-1980
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Visit the Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Historic Travel Sites


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!


Gift shop
Picnic facilities
Free parking
Nature trails
Public restrooms
Motor coach parking
Live Animals
Handicap Accessibility: Site is fully accessible.
Nearest Major Town/City: Manteo, N.C.


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