Discover an amazing underwater world at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Marvel at sharks, eels, sea turtles, alligators and other native aquatic life. Enjoy fascinating exhibits ranging from ospreys to hurricanes, and touch live horseshoe crabs and sea stars in the popular marine-life touch tank.

Explore unique coastal habitats on educational field trips and join Aquarium staff on collecting expeditions. Learn more about North Carolina’s valuable coastal resources at lecture, film and live animal presentations.

The Roanoke Island Aquarium is open year-round, 9 AM – 5 PM, daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is operated by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Sister Aquariums are located at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher. The Roanoke Island facility is located three miles north of Manteo on Airport Road. It is adjacent to the Dare County Regional Airport and overlooks the Croatan Sound.

Admission fees are required.


(252) 473-3494 or (800) 832-FISH Visit The North Carolina Aquariums