North Carolina Aquarium At Pine Knoll Shores

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The North Carolina Aquariums in the Town of Emerald Isle were set up as a division of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The Aquariums were set up to help members of the public in the town of Emerald Isle gain knowledge of the conservation of the wonderful and vast resources connected with North Carolina’s ocean, lakes, rivers and other aquatic environments.

The North Carolina Emerald Isle Aquariums have stood by their goals of educating people.  In 1976, the Aquariums had fewer than two thousand visitors; however, last year the North Carolina Aquariums educated over one million visitors.  This makes it an excellent place to visit especially for students and teachers. 

If you join as a member you will receive free admission for 2 adults, children and grandchildren under 18.  That’s not all though, you will also receive as a member, free admission to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro and over 150 other zoos and aquariums around the Country, plus many other benefits.  Additionally, membership will provide access to many facilities that provide great educational benefits for all. 

The Aquarium runs competitions throughout the year, one such competition was open to photographers that saw award winning pictures of aquatic animals in the underwater photo contest last year.  There are many other competitions held regularly giving an opportunity for many people to display their talents and win gifts. 

The Aquarium is found in the Emerald Isle located in North Carolina.  It helps animals get back to their natural habitat.  Currently they are running a program to help juvenile loggerhead sea turtles.  The aquarium uses satellite transmitters to track the sea turtles movements after rehabilitation and release from the North Carolina Aquariums. 

You can spend hours looking around at the many rooms displaying different coastal sectors and marine life.  There is something for all ages including a touch tank for children.  If you enjoy the fresh air, you can enjoy a walk outside afterwards in the many wooden paths that follow the salt marshes, and watch the wildlife in their natural surroundings.  If you want to buy a souvenir then you can visit the gift shop at the end of the day. 

You will find the aquarium exciting, fun, educational and interesting for everyone. It is also wheelchair accessible.  It really is a place for everyone and it is expanding and adding to its collection every year.

History Of Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Author: admin  |  Category: Algonquin Indian tribe, Emerald Isle, History, Native Americans, North Carolina, Summer, tourists, Vacation
Native Americans, fishermen, and summer tourists all have walked through the pristine sands of Emerald Isle, North Carolina; and the recurring theme of preserving the coastal enclave’s peaceful seaside setting has resonated through the years.
It is believed the Algonquin Indian tribe first inhabited Emerald Isle, North Carolina, taking residence in the area around 500 A.D.  English settlers moved into the area in the early 1700s, battling the pirates who operated offshore.
The first real focused movement to develop Emerald Isle, North Carolina, came in the 1920s.  Henry Fort, owner of the land and beaches, had visions of designing a large tourist attraction.  Fort’s dream never came to fruition, though; he died, and the land was inherited by Anita Maulick, Fort’s daughter.
She held the land until the early 1950s, selling it for $350,000 to seven North Carolina developers who divided Emerald Isle, North Carolina, into 1,100-foot blocks – stretching the width of the island from the Atlantic Ocean to Bogue Sound.  Doing this kept commercial developers from inundating the coastline with high-rise buildings, protecting the island’s breathtaking natural setting and seclusion.  Eventually, families started moving to the island, and the state of North Carolina began public ferry service in the early 1960s.

As word spread about Emerald Isle’s natural beauty, more people arrived.  In 1972, the Cameron Langston Bridge opened, spanning the Intracoastal Waterway and providing direct access to the western end of the island.  Not having to wait on the ferry meant people started pouring onto the island; a major acceleration of development soon followed.
But through the past 36 years, Emerald Isle’s leadership has worked with the state of North Carolina to ensure development doesn’t overwhelm the island.  Today, the town’s permanent population is 3,488 (according to the 2000 U.S. Census), and a smattering of homes line the wind-swept oceanfront.  Even though up to 50,000 visitors come calling each summer, Emerald Isle in many ways remains the quiet, calm seaside spit of land it was when Native Americans settled there 1,500 years ago.