August 4, 2011
Yesterday I was able to stop in at the North Carolina Aquarium located on Roanoke Island. It is such a fantastic place to visit while on your Outer Banks vacation. All three NC Aquariums were established in 1976, and according to the website they are here to promote awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the natural resources associated with NC’s aquatic environments. I had overheard one of Southern Shores Realty’s guests speaking last weekend about how informative, and fun their visit had been at the Aquarium, so I wanted to stop in on some of the daily activities they hold to see what it is all about this summer! They hold events for all ages to enjoy including aqua tales for tots, breakfast with the rays, snacks with the sharks, happy otter hour, behind the scenes tours, cooking classes, and craft classes. Of course I just had to stop in the witness others petting the rays when I first got there! Such an infamous thing to do while at the Aquarium, and they are very friendly (brush right up on yours hands). I also watched as one of the volunteer scuba divers cleaned the tank, and fed the largest collection of sharks in the state. It was very neat, and cool to see! Though I was glad I was the watching, and not doing the feeding! Another activity I caught while there was one of the ocean informative classes for kids. If they are interested in cool exotic water animals, then this is the place to take them for a short fun class. Besides exploring through and viewing all the neat animals, you get to take in the sight of the place itself! Outside you will find a gorgeous area where you may have lunch over looking the sound, dig throughout the shark teeth pit, or try to find your way through the new Sea Turtle Maze. The Aquarium also has a humungous gift shop for you to remember your trip by, or to pick up something for someone at home who wasn’t able to be there. If your vacationing on the Outer Banks then go ahead and plan a trip down to Roanoke Island Aquarium for your family to learn, and see everything that lives beneath our waters. It will make your beach days more interesting.