Mission: Inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina's aquatic life
Programs: Aquarium support: the aquarium society provides support for numerous projects at the three nc aquariums and one pier such as new exhibits,educational programs, lecture series, workshops, etc. Aquarium society employees allocate significant portions of their time and energy in direct and indirect aquarium support.
gift shop: the aquarium society owns and operates four gift shops that provide visitors merchandise such as books, field guides, games, and puzzles that reinforce the aquarium's educational mission.
Nearly every summer for three decades, my family has visited the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores while vacationing. Now we visit with our grandchildren when they come for our "beach week". It is always such a delight, for grownups and children alike! Highlights include the "shark tank dives", when divers enter the huge tank and show and tell about different sea creatures. Another is the octopus, which one year came down from its perch, suction cups on the glass, to look my three-year-old grandson in the eye. Enthralling! If you are traveling on the NC coast, don't miss the aquarium!