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Photo from the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Facebook page.
Photo from the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Facebook page.

KURE BEACH — Ever dreamed of meeting a mermaid? You’ll get your chance in March when mermaids will be taking over the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Guests young and old are invited to be enchanted by the Weeki Wachee Mermaids for two weekends — March 3-5 and again March 10-12 — at the aquarium, located at 900 Loggerhead Road in Kure Beach, according to the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Facebook page.

This is the mermaids’ first-ever visit to the state. The mermaids are set to entertain guests young and old while swimming in a 235,000-gallon Cape Fear Shoals habitat. The habitat will also be home to sharks, rays, schooling fish and Shelldon, the “green sea turtle.” There will be multiple day swims while the mermaids are at the aquarium.

Guest will also get a chance to get up-close to a mermaid on dry land for one of several other events taking place during the weekend fun. The mermaid- and pirate-themed activities includes a scavenger hunt, crafts, photo ops and autographs.

The Weeki Wachee Mermaids are part of a 70-year tradition celebrating the mythical underwater creatures. The show at the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is one of Florida’s oldest family attractions.

Watch the mermaids’ daily swims and greets with the price of admission into the aquarium. For the price of additional special programs, camps, breakfasts and more, and to reserve a space, visit the special events page of the aquarium’s website.