Outer Banks Aquariums

Outer Banks aquariums don’t just keep the fish happy – they offer fun activities and learning opportunities for all ages too. You can enjoy the usual aquarium activities of peering through the glass at the fish, oooing and ahhing at the sea turtles or watching the stingrays sweep across the tank. Check out the replica of the Civil War ironclad, the USS Monitor. Walk among life-size dinosaurs in the summer. Test out your fishing skills on the North Carolina Aquarium-owned Jennette’s Pier, where bait and tackle is sold, or just stand and gaze upon the roaring Atlantic Ocean. Look into additional activities by getting behind the scenes. You can register to go shark diving, feed some critters or even dissect a squid! Outer Banks aquariums also offer a variety of summer camps that will give the kids fresh air, hands-on interactions with the animals and the opportunity to learn about species on the coast. Check out the listings below to see what fun activities at Outer Banks aquariums are available during your visit.


Outer Banks Things To Do by Area

Corolla | Duck & Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Things To Do by Category

Jennette's Pier

Outer Banks Aquariums
7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1501

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop, classrooms and banquet hall. It's one of the Outer Banks' star attractions, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The pier features wide, clean public beaches, free parking and a bath house with outdoor showers. With its motto of Fishing, Family and Fun, Jennette’s offers something for everyone. There’s world-class fishing,... read more

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop,... read more

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Outer Banks Aquariums
374 Airport Road, Manteo
(252) 475-2300
(800) 832-3474 x4

The North Carolina Aquarium remains one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks, and it got a fantastic renovation that was completed in the summer of 2016. Yes, it's perfect for a rainy day, but you will also appreciate the cool, quiet environment when you've had enough of the sun. Just stepping into the aquarium’s lobby is like diving into the ocean’s depths.... read more

The North Carolina Aquarium remains one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks,... read more