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North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island

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The aquarium occupies 68,000 square feet of space overlooking Croatan Sound. There are touch tanks, but The Graveyard of the Atlantic is the centerpiece exhibit. It's a 285,000-gallon ocean tank containing the re-created remains of the USS Monitor, sunk off Hatteras Island. The aquarium hosts a slew of activities and field trips, from feeding fish to learning about medicinal aquatic plants to a workshop allowing kids to diagnose and treat a replica of an injured sea turtle before releasing it back into the sea. The aquarium also manages the 1,000-foot-long wood-and-concrete Jennette's Pier at MM 16.5 in Nags Head. Visitors may fish or walk on the pier or check out educational programs and exhibits offered in the two-story, 16,000-square-foot pier house. Additionally, the pier is a beach access point with 262 parking spaces.

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  • Address: 374 Airport Rd., off U.S. 64, 3 mi northeast of Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC, 27954 | Map It
  • Phone: 252/473–3493; 800/832–3474; 252/473–3494
  • Cost: $8
  • Hours: Daily 9–5
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  • Location: Roanoke Island
Updated: 10-07-2012

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