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The Good Times Rolled at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Despite a little rain, the annual Alligator Egg Hunts at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher successfully rolled along. More than 395 children and parents participated in the annual event on March 31, April 6 and 7.
“This is such a fun event for families and the Aquarium staff,” said Renee Weeks, special activities coordinator. “It puts a twist on the traditional Easter egg hunt and adds an element of learning, as well.”
Before beginning their hunt, the eager children met a live baby alligator and many touched the tail of the young reptile. They listened and learned while an Aquarium educator shared interesting alligator facts. The children also created their own special alligator egg basket using recycled materials.
Then the hunt was on for candy-filled eggs. Squeals of “Look, I found one” filled the air. Many searched for prized eggs in the Aquarium’s garden. Due to rainy conditions, others made their discoveries among bigger-than-life stuffed aquatic animals temporarily populating the Aquarium’s auditorium. Yet, nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the children.  
 NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on US 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $8 adults ages 13-62; $7 ages 63 and older; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children under 2; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information: