North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Manteo, NC

Capacity: 51-100 | WEBSITE | PHONE

About this Vendor

Add Life to Your Special Day!

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a truly unique Outer Banks venue that tantalizes the imagination and creates an unforgettable experience. Imagine your wedding ceremony on our 200’ Soundside Pier and gazebo overlooking the Croatan Sound featuring gorgeous sunsets. Imagine your guests enjoying cocktails while exploring our many galleries. They will see freshwater and salt fish, reptiles, adult and baby alligators, turtles, otters, life around wrecks & reefs and they will be able to touch stingrays and invertebrates. Imagine dinner set in front of our 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit featuring the largest collection of sharks in NC. Imagine dancing in our Delicate Drifters Gallery while surrounded by five sea jelly tanks and three bubble tanks. Experience the magic!

Amenities + Details

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Venue Capacity



Ballroom, Waterfront, Tented

Wedding Categories

Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff


Contact Info

374 Airport Road, PO Box 967, Manteo, NC (252) 475-2337

Reviewed on 11/28/2017 Lindsey S

We visited the aquarium Fourth of July weekend 2016, only a month after we got engaged, as we always visit aquariums everywhere we travel. We immediately fell in love with it and had a difficult time decided where to get married as he is from Florida and I am from Texas and we... Read More live in the Hampton Roads area in Virginia. Once we saw the pier out back, we instantly knew we had to get married at the aquarium! We set our date for 10/7/2017 and Cheryl was amazing, took time to take our calls and answer questions, the cost was extremely reasonable with a refundable deposit after the event (provided no incident, of which we had none and got that back). We wanted our family and friends to fall in love with the Outer Banks, just like we did and they absolutely did. Cheryl was beyond accommodating and available to either meet or speak and coordinate everything, her and the staff are beyond pleasant and we couldn't ever imagine having our wedding anywhere else and we will continue to visit frequently!

Wedding at the Aquarium

Reviewed on 8/24/2015 Carol O

My husband and I got married at the Roanoke Island Aquarium on July 11, 2015. We booked this venue over a year and a half in advance after finding it on the Outer Banks Wedding Association Website. We both have always loved the ocean and the beach so we knew that this would be... Read More the perfect place to get married. Cheryl the event coordinator at the aquarium was great to work with. Because of her and our event coordinator, Beth, our wedding at the aquarium was absolutely spectacular! The ceremony was supposed to be take place on the pier located next to the aquarium; however, unfortunately it rained that day so we had to move inside to the theater for the ceremony. The theater is a very nice room; however, it lacks any special charm so our ceremony wasn't as picturesque as it would have been on the pier. Our reception took place in the shark tank room; which was such a beautiful backdrop for photos and dancing! Our guests were able to explore the entire aquarium throughout the evening. All of our guests no matter what their age absolutely had a blast, many said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Note to brides, the one bad thing is that there are several rooms that your guests can enjoy, which makes it very difficult to track down all 140 of your guests and thank them for being there. This isn't a deal breaker by any means, I just wish a former bride had warned me so I would have spent more time thanking my guests and maybe worn more comfortable shoes! Thank you to Cheryl and all of the aquarium staff who helped out with our wedding.

Best Day Ever

Reviewed on 7/10/2014 Amanda W

If you want to wow your guests, and have a great time, I highly recommend renting the Roanoke Island Aquarium as your destination wedding location. We had the best time, and our guests loved it! We made the wedding kid friendly, so they had a great time petting stingrays, and... Read More viewing the wildlife and fish. Dinner was in the shark tank room, and the ceremony was beautiful on the new pier on the sound. Cheryl was great to work with as well! We will never forget our unique, beautiful, wedding!