Come See the Weeki Wachee Mermaids Before They are Gome this Weekend at the North Carolina Aquarium Fort Fisher

Come See the Weeki Wachee Mermaids Before They are Gome this Weekend at the North Carolina Aquarium Fort Fisher

By / Local Events / الأربعاء, 01 آذار/مارس 2017 05:00

KURE BEACH, N.C. — This is no fish tale: mermaids will be swimming at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher soon. The world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids arrive in March for two weekends only, for their first-ever appearance in the state, March 3-5 and 10-12, 2017. Live mermaids will enchant guests, young and old, swimming and twirling in the 235,000 gallon Cape Fear Shoals habitat with sharks, rays, schooling fish and a green sea turtle named Shelldon. The mermaids will swim multiple times daily. Visitors also will have the opportunity to meet a mermaid up close, on dry land. Additional mermaid- and pirate-themed activities include a scavenger hunt, crafts, photo ops and autographs.
“People are fascinated with mythical mermaids,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “During their visit to the Aquarium, the mermaids will entertain guests and help us share important realities about sea creatures and protecting the ocean.”
For a deeper dive into the Aquarium mermaid experience, guests can make reservations for additional special programs (limited space available):
• Mermaid Paint Night, 6 p.m. Thursdays, March 2 and 9
Includes Sip and Paint Carolina Beach instruction, paint supplies, take home canvas (no live mermaids)
• Breakfast with Mermaids, 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, March 4,5,11 and12
Includes Wake and Bake Donuts and mermaid meet and greet
• Mermaid AquaCamps, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 4 and 11
For children ages 5-12, crafts, activities, live animals and snack
•  Children’s Discovery Time, 10 a.m. Fridays, March 3 and 10
Mermaid-themed; recommended for younger guests aged 3-5. The Weeki Wachee Mermaids are part of a 70-year tradition celebrating a mythical underwater world at one of Florida’s oldest and most unique family attractions, the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
Daily mermaid dives and meet and greets during regular Aquarium hours are included with admission. Camps, breakfasts and Discovery Time require additional ticketing and require preregistration. Aquarium admission and reservations are available at ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.
About the Aquarium - The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Kure Beach, a short drive south from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Aquarium is one of three state aquariums in North Carolina administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 230 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction. More on AZA: AZA.org
 About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources - The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
 NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov

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