Saturday, June 15, 2024

T-Rex and other dinosaurs to invade Fort Fisher Aquarium

The dinosaur exhibit will run through the summer.

Tyrannosaurus Rex, along with several other species of dinosaur, will be animatronically brought to life at Fort Fisher Aquarium. (Port City Daily photo | COURTESY FORT FISHER AQUARIUM)
Tyrannosaurus Rex, along with several other species of dinosaur, will be animatronically brought to life at Fort Fisher Aquarium. (Port City Daily photo | COURTESY FORT FISHER AQUARIUM)

KURE BEACH – A towering Tyrannosaurus Rex will join a host of other dinosaurs for a seasonal event at Fort Fisher Aquarium.

The T-Rex is one of 15 animatronic dinosaurs, representing six species, appearing in the Aquarium’s “Dinosaurs!” exhibit. According to Robin Nalepa, spokeswoman for the Aquarium, the event will feature a 40-foot adult-sized T-Rex alongside a juvenile and “hatchlings.”

The event also features Dilophosaurus — the frilled neck venom-spitting dinosaurs that dispatched Dennis Nedry, portrayed by Wayne Knight, in the original “Jurassic Park.”

The exhibit will open to the public on Friday, March 9, at 9 a.m. The event will run through the summer and is included in the price of admission to the Aquarium.

The Fort Fisher Aquarium is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Tickets for run from $8.95 for children to $10.95 for adults, with discounted $9.95 tickets for seniors and members of the Military. Children under age two and North Carolina Aquarium Society members have free admission.

The Fort Fisher Aquarium is on the south side of Kure Beach on Highway 421, located at 900 Loggerhead Road.

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