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Labor Day Weekend, 2005

North Carolina Aquarium, Manteo, NC

About the North Carolina Aquarium:  This is a smaller Aquarium but very nice and well kept, and is situated on the oceanfront for spectacular views.  You will see an array of fish from the local area, both salt water and fresh water fish.  One large tank features some sand sharks and other species of fish as well a 1/3 size scale replica of the Monitor, a vessel that sank in coastal waters. "The USS Monitor was the Union Navy’s ironclad that fought the Battle of Hampton Roads (March 9, 1862) with the CSS Virginia (formerly call the Merrimac). It was the first ship to have a revolving turret; the first ship where the officers and crew had to live below the waterline; the first ship credited with having below waterline flushing toilets; and the first National Marine Sanctuary in the US. The USS Monitor was being towed by the USS Rhode Island from Hampton Roads, VA to Beaufort, NC eventually to go on to waters off South Carolina or Georgia. The trip commenced on December 29, 1862. The waters got extremely rough, and the USS Monitor sank on New Year’s Eve, losing four officers and 12 crewmen. The wreck of the USS Monitor remained undiscovered for over 110 years. A research operation in 1973 led by scientists from the Duke University Marine Lab discovered the remains of the Monitor in 233 feet of water!" (Quote from  Other species here include a couple alligators, a few turtles, some poisonous tree frogs, some lobsters and crabs, seahorses and starfish.  There is a hurricane room and a large gift shop. Recommendations:  No special needs here. Dress accordingly in hot or cool weather as there is a nice area outside to view the ocean and sit.

Cost: is $7.00 for adults, Seniors 62 and above and the Military $6.00 Children 6-17 $5,00. Children 5 and under are free.  North Carolina Aquarium Society is free as are school tour groups who register in advance.  There are four holidays in which everyone can enter free: Christmas Eve, Valentine's Day, Veteran's Day and Martin Luther King Day. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year-round. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Food/Beverages:  NONE; only exception of water fountains in the aquarium and an ice cream cart (also has hot pretzels) on the way OUT of the Aquarium. Restrooms: Available inside the Aquarium as well as water fountains. Address: The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is located off of Airport Rd., approximately 3 miles North of Manteo. The Aquarium is adjacent to the Dare County Regional Airport.


Left to Right: 1) Otter 2) Sharks 3) Stingrays 4) Turtle.

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