Hatchling alligators exploring their world at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Hatchling alligators exploring their world at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

We’re not back to normal yet, but there are some fun things to do in unexpected places.

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is open again. There are some restrictions and they are asking people to purchase their tickets online before coming, but it sure is nice to see it reopened.

There are a few additions that have shown up over the past few months. Four baby alligators are now part of the Aquarium family thanks to partner facility Alligator Adventure in South Carolina.

The hatchlings are in the Seven Rivers Gallery right now and it makes for a great time watching them learn how to take care of themselves. In many ways they really are mini-alligators, swimming or floating as they look for prey, and sometimes relaxing on the rocks.

They are on loan, so at some point they’ll probably be going back.

The is not the first time the Aquarium has been home to baby alligators. Four years ago the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recovered some baby alligators being sold illegally and turned them over the staff.

What Else Is New at Aquarium

There are other additions at the Aquarium in addition to the alligators.

There are new yellow stingray and a sea jellies windows. The yellow stingrays are in the Sea Senses touch pool mingling with the Atlantic stingrays and horseshoe crabs.

The stingrays and yellow stingrays have the barbs on their tails trimmed regularly so its completely safe for kids to experience touching them in the touch pool.

If planning a trip to the Aquarium, plan ahead. As a state associated facility, strict social distancing guidelines and maximum attendance are followed. A little bit inconvenient, perhaps, but it’s great that the museum is open again and welcoming visitors.

We’ve got a way to go, but we’re getting there. Wear your masks (all the stores here require them) and social distance. And stay with us at Brindley Beach Vacations for a week or two.