North Carolina Aquariums
Birthday Parties & Special Events
The Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher Aquariums also offer birthday parties. At Pine Knoll Shores, there are three different packages you can choose from, ranging in price from $200 to $375 for 12 children and 12 adults. There is an additional charge for each extra child or adult. The parties include either a 2-hour or a 3-hour use of a classroom, an instructor to lead crafts, either a self-guided or guided tour of the aquarium and goodie bags. You can pick the theme that you would like for the party. At Fort Fisher, the party costs $205 for up to 12 children and 12 adults, with additional cost for additional participants. The parties are 2 hours in length and include a t-shirt craft, a live animal presentation, use of a classroom and a self-guided tour of the aquarium. Again, you can pick a theme from nine different choices.
In addition to birthday parties, the aquariums are available for you to rent for other events as well. The Roanoke Island Aquarium rents from $75 per hour for a room rental to $2,000 for a 4-hour event that can accommodate up to 300 guests. The Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium is available starting at $25 an hour for a conference room that would be perfect for a round table discussion to renting the entire aquarium, the public spaces that total approximately 30,000 square feet of space for a base rate of $2500. Again, this is for a 4-hour event that can take up to 300 guests. At Fort Fisher, you can rent a conference room for 25 people for $50 and hour or rent the whole aquarium for a minimum of $3,500. This would be a 5-hour event and could accommodate up to 2,000 strolling guests and 300 seated. You can contact the aquariums directly for specific information.
Not only are the aquariums great places to visit, they are stars themselves. In 2005, a television show called "Surface" was filmed in the Wilmington area. This show was based on the plot that sea creatures appeared in the deep ocean. The show had a character whose father was an oceanographer and worked out of the Fort Fisher Aquarium. Many scenes were shot right on location and if you watched the show, you will easily recognize the rooms that were used for filming. Also, the WB network show "Dawson's Creek" was filmed in Wilmington, even though it was supposed to take place in New England. In Season 6, the Fort Fisher Aquarium was used as a New England aquarium in Boston.
As you can see, North Carolina has a lot to offer its visitors and residents. Of course, you might come to the beach for the sand and the sun, but there are other things to do while you are on the wonderful North Carolina coast. We have an accredited aquarium system that will not only educate you about all parts of the state, but it will also entertain and amaze you and if you need it, give you a place to hold your next meeting or wedding reception. Come as a guest, but you will definitely leave as family.