Reel Fun at the Aquarium

By / Local Events / Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00

Kure Beach, NC – The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites the public to “Reel Fun Fishing Day,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014.  
Visitors can catch best fishing practices and tips and discover the lure of cast netting. Cooks in the family may enjoy a fish filleting demonstration. Little anglers casting about for games and activities won’t be disappointed when they learn to tie helpful nautical knots and create take-home crafts. Guests explore more during hands-on programs including surf fishing classes, crabbing expeditions and the opportunity to be an Aquarist Apprentice.
“Reel Fun Fishing Day” is free with Aquarium admission. Classes and tours are an additional fee. Preregister for classes at or call 910.458.7468.
• CANOEING THE SALT MARSH - Saturday, September 27 at 9 a.m. - A three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe.  Activities may include crabbing, seining, or birding. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. For ages 8 and older. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by two adults. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes.  Fee: $25 per participant. Admission to Aquarium is not included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SURF FISHING WORKSHOP - Saturday, September 27 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. - This 3-hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby.  All equipment and bait provided.  Program is rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net).  Ages 10 and older.  Fee: $15 per participant. Aquarium admission is not included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• SALT MARSH AND CRABBING - Saturday, September 27 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. - Join us for this hands-on program that introduces participants to the challenge of catching blue crabs. Lessons in crab biology and crabbing equipment prepare participants for an exciting expedition outdoors to catch (and release) crabs. All bait and equipment is provided.  For ages 7 and  older.  Fee: $19 for ages 13 and older, $17 for ages 7-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturday, September 27 at 2 p.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love.  Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live and how to care for them. Then assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older.  Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Fee: $28 for ages 13 and older, $26 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.  
 The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive 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. Admission:$10.95 ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information:


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