A Turtle-y Awesome New Exhibit
THIS SUMMER, FOLLOW the journey of loggerhead sea turtles, and even speak with one, in the newly renovated Loggerhead Odyssey exhibit at the aquarium. Watch as a tiny turtle hatches on a North Carolina beach and crawls to the ocean. Meet a hatchling that’s being rehabilitated at the aquarium. Step into an immersive deep sea setting and find out how far sea turtles travel, and the huge threats they face – primarily from plastic pollution. Join our challenge to go a day without disposable plastics and help save sea turtles. Younger visitors can test their turtle knowledge with interactive games.
Then, stop by Caretta’s Cove and talk with a turtle. The new digital puppetry theater features a spunky Southern female loggerhead, named Caretta. The charming and beautiful, forever 29-year-old sea turtle has traveled the Atlantic Ocean far and wide. She will share her experiences and take questions from visitors several times a day.
Spring into Summer
Come see what’s new at the aquarium when you kick off the summer. The aquarium is open 9am to 5pm throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend as usual.
Programs free with admission such as animal feedings and animal encounters are offered daily throughout May. More programs, activities and occasions free with admission or membership join the line-up in early June.
Stand up paddleboarding, kayak excursions or other outdoor adventures are offered daily in the summer for additional fees. For hot or rainy days, extend your aquarium visit with a variety of specialized behind-the-scenes tours. See the website for the full schedule and be sure to sign up ahead of time. Advance registration is required for all fee-based programs.
Summer is for the birds at the aquarium. A Bird’s-Eye View opens for its sixth season with a brand new show on Memorial Day weekend.
This free program stars native raptors and water birds soaring overhead in Big Rock Theater. The show highlights the unique features of various owls, hawks, pelicans, vultures and other species that can be found across North Carolina. All the birds in the show have injuries or conditions that prevent their release into the wild. A Bird’s-Eye View is offered daily at 11am and 2pm.
The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. Hours are 9am-5pm daily. For more information, see www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003.