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North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo

View Aquatic Life at the North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo

Hatteras Island is the perfect destination for ocean lovers. However, your aquatic adventures don’t have to be limited to the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound. Visit the North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo on Roanoke Island to learn more about what lies below the surface.

The Outer Banks attraction welcomes visitors with several unique displays, bringing the sea creatures of the coastal waters to every beach vacationer. You can watch sea otters, alligators, turtles, and sharks swim around a saltwater tank. 

Helpful Hints For Visiting The North Carolina Aquarium

  • Rainy days tend to be more crowded, so for a less crowded experience, try visiting on a sunny day. Another optimal time to visit is during the fall or winter.
  • To capture the best photos to remember your visit, position yourself and your camera at a 45-degree angle to the window.
  • Make the most of your visit by enjoying special programs or experiences. Check the calendar of events before you arrive to see what lines up with your outing.
Several jellyfish with long tentacles float in a deep blue tank at the North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo
Small boy, arm around the neck of the man holding him, gaze at fish in a large aquarium at the NC Aquarium in Manteo

Aquarium Happenings

Open daily, the aquarium is filled with endless things to do and see. Everyday exhibits include wetland and coastal water explorations and the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The aquarium also offers several programs and activities year-round designed to enhance your visit. Daily programs include marine life videos, live animal programs, audience participation games, demonstrations, and more. A complete calendar of events can be found online.

After exploring all the exhibits, stop by the gift shop! Browse the vast array of educational and aquatic-related items such as posters, games, books, field guides, T-shirts, jewelry, and other unique souvenirs to find your perfect keepsake. Gift shop proceeds are used to support aquarium programs and services.

Visiting the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is something every Hatteras Island visitor should experience at least once! Whether you spend an entire day wandering the exhibits or stop by the aquarium during a tour of Roanoke Island attractions, you’ll walk away with an ocean of memories. Reminisce over your favorite aquatic sights back at your Hatteras Island vacation rental home from Surf or Sound Realty. Contact us today for even more fun things to do on the Outer Banks!