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Aquarium’s Adventure Reef Invites All-Day Play

Adventure Reef, the new outdoor play area at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Get outside and play more. That’s the message from the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, as the attraction opens a new outdoor play area, Adventure Reef.Adventure Reef dares children ages 2 to 12 to climb, crawl, wiggle, leap, balance, swing and slide their way to fun in a safe and engaging way.
Adventure Reef features unique components—springy climbing cables, spinning bars, wobble pods—to flex children’s mental and physical muscles. In addition to the play structure, families can explore together to find fossilized shark teeth and other treasures in a new fossil dig area shaped like a spiraling nautilus shell.
“This is not an average play ground,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “Adventure Reef begs to be enthusiastically explored and conquered. The only limit to the fun is the child’s imagination.”
A ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 11, officially opens the new play area.
Generous donations from the North Carolina Aquarium Society and corporate partners Time Warner Cable, Inc.; PotashCorp-Aurora; Pizza Hut, Inc.; and the Weston Foundation funded the construction of Adventure Reef.
The Aquarium developed the play set’s innovative design with Landscape Structures Inc., a manufacturer committed to using U.S. vendors and offsetting their CO2 footprint. 
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: $8 ages 13-61; $7 seniors; $6 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: www. ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher