Get a taste of eastern North Carolina’s varied and rich ecosystems at the Edenton National Fish Hatchery. North Carolina’s only federal fishery does more than provide fish to local businesses, it attracts visitors with its scenic boardwalk, 36 ponds, holding house and aquarium. See the numerous species of fish as well as alligators in the massive aquarium. Explore the 70-acre facility, and if you have any questions, just ask one of the staff members, who will be happy to share information and even give you a tour. Kids love visiting the holding house, where they can hold fish like link sturgeon. The hatchery is open year-round, though the ponds tend to clear of fish around October to November. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and admission is free.