Points to Know

*Recognized as the first inland aquarium in NC

* Member:  American Elasmobranch Society; ;NC Science Network; Henderson County Chamber of Commerce; Career & Technical Education Advisory Board HCPS; NC Environmental Education Site; Fish Education Site for REEF; 

*Relationships with the GA Aquarium, River Banks Zoo, the FL State Aquarium, the Key West Aquarium, and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
* Assisted in the redesign of the salt infusion system for Biosphere2 in AZ.

  *Facilitate the most innovative training program for young marine scientists via volunteer or intern opportunities

*Welcome over 9,500 aquarium visitors & more than 3,500 education  program and event participants yearly.

Something fishy going on...

Our Aquarium & Shark Lab are  focused on education and enrichment.  
We integrate science, history, math, and culture into our immersive exhibits and education programs.  Like the tide, we are in continuous motion saying "Why not" and "What if" as our students and interns research ideas, document, and defy existing standards. We give the chance to explore dreams!

What People Are saying...




"Took my ten year old granddaughter one rainy afternoon. We so enjoyed the friendly staff eager to answer questions and share information! Would recommend this for anyone interested in having a wonderful up close view of the fish!" 

"There are lots of aquariums, touch pool, and people to help in this Main Street store front aquarium. Every time I have families with children visit this is a place I take them, and have never been disappointed."

"Loved this place. Very friendly staff of volunteers. Clear rules and lots of touching for young minds. Kids can spend an hour in here if they are the curious sort."


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Team ECCO Aquarium & Shark Lab is under renovations to install a 2,000 gallon shark research and exhibit tank.  Our fish are on hiatus until all renovations and installations are complete. Re-open date March 2018.

Team ECCO Aquarium & Shark Lab

511 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792, US

(828) 692-8386

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