The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher has recently undergone amazing renovations to repair former damage and bring the aquarium up to modern standards. This, however, also means the demise of the free aquarium that we all knew and loved. It's almost prohibitively expensive for a family outing, but a good time. The exhibits are much much more extensive than they were before and my family learned a great deal and had a wonderful time. I wish we had planned ahead to make better use of the aquarium's programs. One of the coolest things is a measuring stick in the outdoor garden that compares storm surges from different storms - the aquarium does give a good bit of attention to the hurricanes that have shaped the surrounding area.