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North Carolina Estuarium

223 E Water St, Washington, NC 27889-5048
+1 252-948-0000
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Good educational outing but read this to prevent frustrating surprises

I never knew there was such a thing as an estuarium. I'm glad we went, and also glad the admission... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sarah G
Greensboro, North Carolina
Wonderful small museum

Great exhibits highlighting Eastern Carolina's estuaries, including their animal life and artifacts... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
David W
Chocowinity, North Carolina
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223 E Water St, Washington, NC 27889-5048
+1 252-948-0000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I never knew there was such a thing as an estuarium. I'm glad we went, and also glad the admission was reasonable ($5 each). It's a small place that won't take up your whole day or even half of it, and worth a visit if...More

Thank Sarah G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great exhibits highlighting Eastern Carolina's estuaries, including their animal life and artifacts of the people who have lived here. The River Roving boat trips are an excellent introduction to the local Pamlico/Tar River waterways.

Thank David W
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

A couple greeted us and took our admission fee ($5 each). We arrived on a Tuesday, but on Wednesday- Saturday (I think) that same entrance fee includes a pontoon boat ride. We asked if we could book one for Wednesday as part of today's admission...More

Thank GrammieSammie
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Great opportunity to visit an environmental review of the Beaufort County area Waterway system. Well-designed, well-developed and of great interest. If the timing is right you can also take a free pontoon boat ride around the area through the estuarium.

Thank Phil A
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Lots of good information, as you walk through the estuarium and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. However, some of the displays could use some attention and repair and the tanks that were not touch tanks should be covered. Also, the movie at the beginning...More

Thank Terry428
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Wonderful place and wonderful and knowledgeable staff. We did the scavenger hunt which they loved! It was our first visit to the coast and we learned a lot. The exhibits were interactive and kept the kids attention (big kids too lol)

Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 7 August 2017

The North Carolina Estuarium offers a donation based River Roving at various times in the year. We went on a Saturday morning for the 10:30 trip. It was both a relaxing and informative trip. The excursion lasted about an hour and you will go on...More

Thank NCTraveler2015
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Nice stop while walking the waterfront in Washington. We enjoyed learning about our NC estuary system. Admission is only $5.

Reviewed 10 July 2017

Although The Estuarium is not exciting it is very interesting. It contains examples of local plants and water life. They also have a movie you can pay to watch to learn more. A great place to take children.

Thank Brenda C
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We have been a few times and are always surprised at how they won't let you take any pictures inside. 2 or 3 of the displays were in some sort of disrepair. The art rain display in the front, they were more concerned with the...More

Thank S F
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