NC Aquariums, including Dare County’s, vying to be named best in the nation

By on April 29, 2021

(North Carolina Aquariums)

Twenty of America’s top aquariums are competing for USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Aquarium in the nation. And they’re picking the winner the American way — by public voting.

After being selected by a panel of experts, the North Carolina Aquariums — which include aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, and on Roanoke Island as well as Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head — are competing head-to-head with the big names like The Florida Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

The aquariums are asking for your support by going online and voting. Vote once per day for your favorite until the voting ends on Monday, May 24 at noon. You can vote for the North Carolina Aquariums by going to

According to the current leaderboard, the NC Aquariums are in the fight, situated right now in 5th place. (For the record, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, located in New Orleans, currently sits atop that leaderboard.) In 2019. the North Carolina Aquariums placed seventh in the nation. In 2020, the aquarium was closed to the public for six months yet still cared for thousands of species of animals.

“I am honored and find great satisfaction that our staff’s efforts are being recognized in such a way,” said Maylon White, director of the North Carolina Aquariums. “This is such an amazing way to acknowledge the hard work and care that every staff member and volunteer puts into what they do every day.”

Advance ticket purchase and member reservations are currently required for the North Carolina Aquariums. No tickets are sold at the door. For more information about the North Carolina Aquariums, visit





  • Louie Louie

    You meant to say it will be picked the American way, “by FRAUDULENT public voting.”

    Friday, Apr 30 @ 5:52 pm
  • Sandflea

    Hey Lou, Trump lost. Zero fraud. Get over it already.

    Saturday, May 1 @ 7:05 am