North Carolina Estuarium

223 E Water Street
Washington, NC 27889


The North Carolina Estuarium, located in Washington on the Pamlico River, lets visitors explore the ecology of North Carolina's estuaries (especially the Tar-Pamlico River and Pamlico Sound), some of the threats facing our vital coastal rivers and sounds, and ways humans have used this ecosystem for thousands of years.

This river is part of the Pamlico Sound estuary, which in turn is part of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary.

As one of North Carolina's most innovative environmental centers, the Estuarium houses more than 200 scientific and historic exhibits that the whole family will enjoy. Features and activities include:

    * Artwork with environmental themes from regional artists, including a room-size interactive sculpture in the lobby
    * Aquariums and terrariums with live estuarine species
    * A 3/4-mile boardwalk along Pamlico River
    * Historic artifacts and boats
    * Special programs for scheduled groups
    * Hands-on educational displays
    * Captivating audio-visual presentations including a spectacular film of the Albemarle-Pamlico region
    * River Roving, a pontoon boat tour of the Pamlico-Tar River waterways (Ages 6 & up. Reservations required.)
    * Programs, classes and other regularly scheduled activities. Environmental educators on staff

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