The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island offers two different events in January to give everyone a chance to get out and enjoy everything the aquarium has to offer!

On Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Winter Carnival will spotlight how animals adapt to the cold while celebrating the fun of winter. Aquarium Educators will lead activities and games in Neptune’s Theater and the Schooling Spot that let children experience adventures like frolicking in the “Snow Corner,” burrowing in a play tunnel, show off skills in “Slip and Slide Hockey” and compete in a winter clothes race.
The Winter Carnival at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is included with regular admission.
Then on Monday, January 21, the aquarium offers free admission all day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is one of two free days offered at the aquarium each year. Visitors are invited to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the Ton Of Love Food Drive happening through Valentine's Day at the aquarium.  This annual effort supports the Roanoke Island Food Pantry, which is restocking its shelves following the holiday season. Food donations are not required to enjoy the free day, but do provide a great way to feel good and help others!
The N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is dedicated to the mission of “Inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.”
The aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Info at


  • Occurs Saturday, January 19th, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Occurs Monday, January 21st, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

374 Airport Rd.
Manteo, NC 27954

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