NC Aquarium Events


nc aquarium events outer banksHave you ever wanted to dive with a shark? How about with the largest shark collection in North Carolina? Well…an Outer Banks vacation can provide you with just that!

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is an exciting way to spend part of your day here on the Outer Banks. Rain or shine, there is always something to do or see as the aquarium offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, activities like digging for shark teeth in the fossil pit, and educational programs as well.

Divers, this is for you! Aquarium Shark Dives are offered daily in the 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit. The crystal clear tank allows for unlimited visibility of the largest assemblage of sharks in the state, as well as a number of other fishes. Some of the shark encounters will be with species over 10-feet in length! The program is offered Monday thru Friday from 9-11a.m. and from 11a.m.-1p.m. Open water certification is required to 60 feet.

Animal Feedings are a great way for the entire family to witness first-hand the everyday life of aquatic animals including the alligator, stingray and fish. For the aquarium’s daily feeding schedule, click here.

Aquarium Theme Days extend through the end of August and include special activities, crafts, and live animal displays. Bring the family to check out Scutes and Scales Mondays, Creepy Critters Tuesdays, Sharks: Wicked or Not Wednesdays, Turtletastic Thursdays, or Buccaneer Fridays.

Interact with educators and divers inside of the 285,000-gallon tank as they answer questions about aquarium animals while they swim with sharks. Dialogue with a Diver is available daily at 10:30 a.m. and a second show Monday thru Friday only at 2:30p.m.

Daily activities through September 1 will also include Live Animal Encounters, where participants will have the chance to touch the featured creature and have his or her photo taken; an Ocean Odyssey featuring presentations on marine life including whales, jellies and sharks; and Science on a Sphere, a gigantic three-dimensional globe demonstrating earthquakes, tsunamis, animal migrations, hurricanes and human activity.

So if you’re planning on checking out one of the vacation rentals in Nags Head, or any other town along this beautiful barrier island, be sure to amplify your Outer Banks stay with a little seaside education from the professionals at the aquarium.

For more information on the North Carolina Aquarium or to plan your visit: click here. Also, check out these other Outer Banks activities to maximize the fun for your vacation! We hope to see you soon!